We have been delighted to welcome students from City College Plymouth’s “Preparing for Work and Life” and “Independence and Community Skills” Skills Development courses to the Centre recently for a programme of volunteering and adventurous activities.

City College Plymouth has an outstanding reputation for delivering inclusive further education courses to young people and adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, and we were extremely proud to provide this programme to compliment the fantastic work the College’s Skills Development department does already.

Students from these courses volunteered as trainee gardeners preparing land at the Centre which they then helped to plant small trees, kindly donated by The Woodland Trust, and wild flower meadows. Alongside the volunteering aspect students also completed adventure based activities with both cohorts completing an introduction to rock climbing using the Centre’s inclusive indoor climbing facility.

Michael Dugdale, Course Tutor commented:

“It’s been a fantastic few days at the Mount Batten Centre. My students have really engaged with both the volunteering and the climbing activities. They’ve been challenged by both the weather and the physical challenge of the climbing, but they’ve all persevered and completed their own personal goals. Thank you to the Centre’s staff team for making us feel so welcomed and we look forward to returning to our gardening projects and hopefully getting on the water when the weather allows us to in the coming months.”

We would echo Michael’s comments and we are thrilled to be providing these opportunities.

As a key partner in the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park Project we continuously work with schools, groups, communities, families and individuals across the city and beyond to ensure that anyone who wishes to enjoy being on, by or in the water is able to do so.