Greeniversity project will let skills be shared for free

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RUTLAND has been chosen as one of five areas to pilot a project where people share their skills for free.

Greeniversity was started in Peterborough by the Peterborough Environment City Trust two years ago and has been such a success that funding has been given to roll it out across the country.

Peterborough Environment City Trust has teamed up with Transition Rutland which will run Greeniversity in the county.

The idea behind the project is to encourage people with skills to share them with others.

Chairman of Transition Rutland Nick Goodman said: “I think it is fantastic news for the county.

“We know there are people with skills that they might like to share with others and Greeniversity is a great way for them to be able to do that.”

Despite the name, Greeniversity is not all about sharing “green” skills.

People will be encouraged to share their knowledge of skills, such as recycling clothing, baking and even bee-keeping as well as traditional crafts.

The project will rely on finding free premises for classes to be held and free tutoring. This will mean that all people who want to attend and gain new skills can also go for free.

In Peterborough in the last two years 563 courses have been held in the city.

In January Nick was one of a group of people who went to London to apply for grant money from the National Institution for Science, Technology and the Arts to roll out the project across the country.

They were successful and the project was awarded £100,000 which will be used for the initial projects to set up websites and promote Greeniversity.

Rutland, Leicester, Loughborough, Lincoln and Cambridge have been chosen as five areas to pilot the scheme to see if it works in other communities.

Nick said: “I think it is a great way for people to learn new skills but it is also designed to help people get to know other people in the community.

“There are people out there with a great range of skills that they might like to share with others.

“And it will boost confidence too. Someone might go to a workshop and realise that they have a talent for a certain skill and go on to share it with others themselves.”

The new website will be up and running by the end of the month but anyone who can offer free premises or who is interested in sharing their skill can e-mail