Awards for All Skillshops - Final Report

The Skillshops programme by Southsea Greenhouse Community Cooperative took place between January and September 2016. The 40 planned workshops proved very successful and due to economies with venues and other costs, additional sessions were granted by Awards for All, so we were able to conduct 10 additional drop in sessions across August and September to further benefit the community and make the the best use of the Lottery funding.

Background and Objectives


50 workshops delivered over a seasonal life cycle, focused on increasing craft and gardening skills and building community. Examples of the varied skillshops programme include decoupage, working with clay, barista, interior design, mindfulness, growing veg in small spaces, sensory gardens, de-cluttering, and life coaching personal vision sessions.

Southsea Greenhouse community is inter-generational, so an inclusive programme was a key principle in the project design. Family workshops promoted sociological activities, such as a treasure trail to help young people and volunteers identify their goals, explore their ideals, life skills and build a life plan. We celebrated the Skillshops with a summer BBQ in the community garden, bringing together participants and workshop leaders from across the programme.

Participant summary

101 people registered and attended skillshops although we were unable to achieve exit information for 11 participants. So, our outcome figures are based on 89 people over 40 skillshops and evaluation of all 50.


Number achieved





Age 50+


With health issues


Living alone


With disabilities


Total participants


A picture of a fish painted on a pebble Orignal Southsea Greenhouse logo with red and white tent Stick person sketch of Southsea Greenhouse volunteers

We used postcode information to monitor reach across the city and are pleased to say we were able to reach groups and individuals across the north as well as the South of the city. Postcode reach from PO1 to PO16. This demonstrates that people were prepared to travel to take part in the programme.

Big lottery fund logo and link to website

Different approaches publicised our skillshops. Outreach sessions with local groups. Community broadcasts on local media ie Express FM; Radio Solent Updates in our column in the local newspaper The Portsmouth News Social media & Website www.southseagreenuk Postcards/Posters Shared links with local community groups Electronic media ie Mad Mimi e-newsletters Shaping Portsmouth a weekly circular that reaches 1,400 individuals/groups and businesses Word of Mouth

Girl and her scraecrow made at Southsea Greenhouse

Our summer family drop in Skillshops were all inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Creativity was encouraged with use of recycled materials and an emphasis on caring for the environment and keeping the city green. We hope that despite the season changing we can continue to put on monthly taster workshops to keep locals interested in coming together and learning something new, or adopting one of our grow spaces or volunteering in the orchard.

We are very proud of what we have achieved with the Awards for All Funding and send thanks to the Lottery for their investment in our city and community.

Girl hugging scraecrow made at Southsea Greenhouse

Some of us got really carried away with how BIG our scarecrows could be...

Girl getting straw for the scarecrow Goth showing showing how to plant
The kids loved making scarecrows using old clothes and straw bales. We will repeat this activity when we celebrate our autumn festivities in the Half term holidays. Painted pots skillshop which was very popular
Catch 22 artist gardeners
All our Skillshops brought together people who were isolated or looking for activites where they could make some friends. Our outreach with groups like the Dementia group and Catch 22 helped people to overcome their shyness and try something new. As part of our development we updated our website which is now