SERVICES: People with mental health conditions in Hertfordshire are to get the chance to train as grounds maintenance staff in a new initiative.

Let’s Talk Grounds Maintenance is a new social enterprise initiative arising from a partnership between Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Herts Mind Network.

It will train service users to deliver grounds maintenance services across South East Hertfordshire, including some of the trust’s own sites. 

A member of the trust’s staff has been seconded to work on social enterprise initiatives with Herts Mind Network which will provide educational, volunteering and employment opportunities for those using mental health services.

Tom Cahill, trust chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic new initiative and a great opportunity for those service users who have found it difficult to find paid work in the past - they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”