The Skill Mill West Sussex have been working in partnership with Angmering Parish Council.
Angmering has a long and interesting history, it grew as a result of its geographical position, its access to materials, and to the nature of the land which surrounded it. Angmering is fortunate to have several houses with medieval and Tudor origins that have survived, and which are protected as Listed Buildings, as are many others from the Georgian and Victorian eras.
The Skill Mill provides employment opportunities in water and land based management, helping to reduce flood risk and improve the local environment. Tree planting, habitat building, vegetation cleanups and litter picking are just a few of the activities which are frequently carried out across our teams. We are committed to connecting people to nature, and promote the protection of green spaces.
We work with a number of environmental organisations who support us with the planning of our work. Nationally, we work with organisations including The Canal and River Trust, Severn Trent, Northumbrian Water, and The Wildlife Trusts. Locally, our West Sussex team are currently working with South Downs National Park, West Sussex County Council, Bognor Regis Town Council, and Angmering Parish Council.
All of our young employees are referred directly from West Sussex County Council Youth Offending Service. Typically beneficiaries are vulnerable, have complex needs, limited secondary phase educational experience and come with additional SEND barriers such as ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Many of the young people Skill Mill employs have or have had struggles with school exclusions, family breakdown or mental health issues. Often even with the best will in the world these young people are unable to access education, training or employment opportunities which are vital to helping them move forwards with their lives. The Skill Mill aims to demonstrate that design-thinking and co-creation through effective partnerships can result in innovative solutions to social and environmental problems and make significant savings to the state.