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Horticulture Course Testimonials

Joseph, 33

Why did you choose to enrol in the horticulture course?

I started it because my advisor recommended it to me, but I soon realized I could get a job out of it.

 

What did you do before you started your horticulture education?

I was mainly doing gardening, and took a few IT courses. Before that, I worked at McDonalds for a few years. I suffered a nervous breakdown 3 or 4 years ago, and it has taken about 3 years to get back on my feet.

 

What is your favourite thing about this course?

I like how the course is at a slower pace. You also realize there is a lot more to gardening than you would think of. I would have never thought of gardening as a career, but now I realize it can be a career. Gardening has helped a lot with overcoming my depression and the nervous breakdown I faced a few years ago. I can garden at my own pace, and I like doing things in the garden with my hands.

 

What do you hope to do with your Level Two Diploma in Work Based Horticulture?

I want to take another course if possible, and eventually get into full time employment. I have been talking to a friend who does landscape design, and I am very interested in that.

 

Would you recommend the horticulture course to other people?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this to other people. It is easier than you think it would be. I like the outdoor environment, and it really helps people suffering with depression, or people with disabilities, because it is very hands-on. I also like how it is all different types of people who take the course. Some of the people can’t read, write, or have disabilities, but they can still do the gardening. There are no excuses for not being able to do the course. I travel about an hour by train from Essex to The Hoxton Trust. I get reimbursed for my travel by the course, but I wouldn't make the journey if the course wasn't so good!

 

Clive, 50

Why did you choose to enrol in the horticulture course?

I struggled to find a bridge between my depression rehabilitation and the work world. After going through a long psychiatric rehabilitation I was astounded that there wasn’t somewhere we could go to bridge us into our “future”, but then I was introduced to The Hoxton Trust, and it is an amazing place to push people towards their future.

 

What did you do before you started your horticulture education?

I have been a photographer, a chef, and I was in the military. I have gone through the process of acquiring diplomas in photography and culinary arts.

 

What is your favourite thing about this course?

I like nature and this course is more than being a gardener. It is a course on horticulture, which is much broader. Being out in the sun where you can be either an individual or a part of a group is a great continuation of rehabilitation as well as a great pathway to future work.

 

What do you hope to do with your Level Two Diploma in Work Based Horticulture?

I hope to be able to get a job with my diploma. Eventually I want to work as my own person, deciding the gardening jobs I would like to do.

 

Would you recommend the horticulture course to other people?

Yes, among others, I would recommend this course to anybody that is seeking that bridge between a period of unemployment, and having a job. Coming into this course I would not have been ready for a job. I feel that with the completion of this course I will be able to work my way into the real world of work. The Hoxton Trust is a noble place with great people and a great cause.

Roy, 22

Why did you choose to enrol in the horticulture course?

I really liked the idea of making new friends and getting a job after the course. I knew it would give me something to put on my CV, which will help me get a job.

 

What did you do before you started your horticulture education?

I didn’t really do anything. I stayed in my room most of the time.

 

What is your favourite thing about this course?

I like socializing and meeting new people. The course gets me out, and socializing. It helps me get closer to people. It’s another thing I can put on my CV, 'I socialized with different kinds of people.' It has also helped me be confident in travelling. Before, I never knew how to get places, but now if someone were to ask me how to get somewhere in London, I would probably know how to get there.

 

What do you hope to do with your Level Two Diploma in Work Based Horticulture?

One of the things I would like to do is full time gardening. I want to be self-employed where people can call me up and have jobs for me to do for them. This course allows me to say that I can socialize and mange travelling to new places, which will help me find jobs.

 

Would you recommend the horticulture course to other people?

Yes, definitely. It helps you learn about a different way of working. You don’t normally think of gardening as working, but now I do. It helps you get to know a different area because I come from Essex, which is very different from London. It helps you get to know a lot of different people with different races, religions, and backgrounds. You get to learn about plants, but you also get to learn about so many different things.

Legal Advice Service Testimonials

Sarah*, a client of the Hoxton Trust, was having trouble understanding her council tax and was unable to pay.  She came to the Trust hoping to get a better understanding of her legal options and possible solutions to her problem. When she met with her legal advisor, she said she was met with care and a genuine desire to help. Sarah* says the Hoxton Trust has been a great help to her in understanding her situation and has made her feel much more at ease. She has since been working out solutions to her council tax issue and says that the Trust has been exceptionally helpful. She recommends it to anyone she knows who is going through legal troubles and says that she hopes the Trust will be able to help even more people going through hard legal situations.

Thomas* had enrolled for classes with a university shortly after coming to London, but was misinformed about payment and the class. When he tried to withdraw from the course, the university was not willing to grant a refund. Faced with the possibility of having to pay for classes he could not use or afford, Thomas* then came to the Hoxton Trust seeking legal action. Hoping to simply gain a better understanding of his legal situation, he was relieved when one of the advisors was able to talk with the university explaining his situation, and allow a complete withdrawal and refund. Thomas* said that he was set at ease after worrying about his financial situation for many nights, and that he now has a much firmer grasp on his rights. He also says that in the future, he will come to the Hoxton Trust before any major legal action.

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Gabriele* first came to the Hoxton Trust two years ago when she was having problems claiming benefits. When she was unable to find help through other avenues, she came to the Trust seeking legal advice. Through the Hoxton Trust, Gabriele* was able to win her tribunal and claim her full benefits package. She says that the Trust does a wonderful job of taking care of its clients and that she is now far better versed in legal matters, but also feels that she has a safe place to turn to when she needs legal assistance.