Published: 24 April 2017
You may remember that last year we ran a flagship beekeeping course for the local community. Well this year we are running a similar course again and Editorial Panel Member Gill Pearse caught up with SLH’s Enterprise Manager Joe Cummings to find out what it’s all about.
Gill: Why is SLH running this course?
Joe: We thought it was a great volunteering opportunity for tenants who wanted to try something new, especially those who are struggling to get back into to work. It’s a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends and get out of the house over the summer months. We are always looking at new ways to help people back into employment and this is just one of those ways.
Gill: Who delivers the course?
Joe: The course is being delivered by a bee keeping expert from Blackburne House and takes place on unused land at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. SLH has funded the essential equipment needed to deliver the course including the protection gear which will prevent direct contact with the bees.
Gill: What’s in it for me?
Joe: As well as taking up a new hobby in beekeeping, you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment too as courses like this help to conserve the bee population which is in decline. This is really worrying as bees pollinate a third of the food that we eat and without them we couldn’t enjoy the foods we love.
Gill: Who can join?
Joe: SLH tenants and residents of Speke and Garston. Priority will be given to people who are unable to work. You don’t have to have an in-depth knowledge of bees as the course tutor will talk you through the process every step of the way.
Gill: How long is the course and when does it start?
Joe: The course is 12 weeks long and it starts this spring. We’d love to hear from anyone who wants to join.
If you are interested contact Martin Swift or Andrea Rushton at Blackburne House on 0151 709 4356. Or call Joe Cummings on 0330 303 3000 for an informal chat.