Our projects provide training and work experience for adults with learning disabilities in a safe supportive environment. Our projects include: Furniture Restoration, IT and Textile recycling. We also have a horticultural project based in Rochford.
The aim of the projects is to provide adults with learning difficulties with work experience by helping them reuse and recycle items donated to the trust.
Individuals are guided through basic furniture restoration including re-upholstery, computer refurbishment and environmental recycling, basic sewing, textile recycling and creating items of interest.
Old furniture is given a new lease of life by sanding and re-applying varnish or paint.
Individuals learn skills such as French polishing and they also manufacturer new furniture. Service users learn techniques such as sawing, measuring and assembly of parts.
Footstools, bird tables and planters are also made from scratch with recycled and donated wood.
Individuals learn how to wipe the hard drives, identify if the equipment can be resold or recycled and if appropriate upgrade the software, recycle or pass equipment on for sale in our charity shops
Our support workers in the textile recycling project guide and teach adults with disabilities skills in dressmaking and alterations. They also supported to create items such as hair bands, bags, fabric door stops and aprons from recycle fabrics. Textiles are donated through our charity shops
Our horticultural project based at Sutton Bridge Farm in Rochford is set in five and a half acres of grounds. This project, which has been in operation since 1999, offers an ideal training environment for adults (16 years +) with learning disabilities.
The site is fully wheelchair accessible and has two large poly tunnels giving an opportunity for indoor working during the winter months.
Currently, we support over 20 adults with learning disabilities weekly, providing them with a chance to learn skills in gardening, growing vegetables, garden maintenance, and small animal husbandry. All the beneficiaries at this service have the opportunity to gain valuable life skills, developing more confidence and independence, through the activities provided. With these skills, individuals have a greater chance of finding paid employment.
The project has a stall at a weekly farmer’s market in Rochford where fresh produce is sold.