John Garton

Adult Learners' Week Transformation Fund Award
East of England

John – who accepts no state benefits and lives off the land – was completing community service when he heard about the opportunity to teach others his ‘green’ skills through Greeniversity.

Greeniversity is a skill-sharing project, which helps Peterborough’s residents to gain a new ‘green’ skill for free and a provides an opportunity for people to share their own skills with others. Wanting to share his knowledge, John attended a Greeniversity web workshop, and learned how to set up an email address and use their website, which gave him the necessary skills to upload his own course in Wild Food. He then attended a Train the Trainer course, which gave him the confidence to deliver a course in Wild Food to 15 learners.

John’s first course was so successful that he is now preparing further courses in Wild Food. “The Greeniversity project has given me more confidence and self-esteem. I know how to use the Internet now and really enjoy sharing my skills with others,” said John. As well as teaching others, John has also learned new crafts such as willow weaving, pole lathing and carving, and volunteers at The Green Backyard – a community growing project in urban Peterborough.

Award Winners
“The Greeniversity project has given me more confidence and self-esteem. I know how to use the Internet now and really enjoy sharing my skills with others.”
John Garton, 2010 Award Winner