Read About Our Partner Projects

Carymoor Environment Trust

Carymoor Environmental Trust is an environmental education and nature conservation charity, providing inspirational outdoor learning for schools and community groups.

The Trust was set up in 1996 by a small group of enthusiasts and carries out pioneering land restoration and habitat creation work on 100 acres of capped landfill just outside Castle Cary in Somerset. This has created a nature reserve with an extensive range of habitats that is used to provide high quality first hand experiences of the natural world.

Through education programmes and demonstrations of renewable energy and sustainable buildings, the centre has developed a reputation that exemplifies environmental good practice.

Neroche Woodlanders

Neroche Woodlanders operate out of the public woodland in Taunton. They offer a series of regular wellbeing and learning sessions at Young Wood on the Blackdown Hills for adults from across/around Taunton. It is especially for people who have experienced mental or emotional distress, feel isolated or need time to reflect on life.

Time is spent together as a group, cooking lunch, exploring the woods on guided walks and doing practical crafts and conservation tasks. There is a learning element to each session, and the experienced team helps each person get the most from the days. Some people describe it as ecotherapy and some describe it as Forest School for adults!

Conquest Centre

A charity that welcomes the community, embraces the family and engages with nature, offering coaching for disabled and able-bodied clients, based in Taunton.

Conquest Centre is a leading Somerset charity dedicated to providing a range of equine activities for adults and children with a wide range of abilities. All activities are delivered by qualified instructors with specialist expertise in working with people with disabilities, behavioural difficulties and emotional problems, and are supported by a team of specially trained volunteers.

Core activities include riding, carriage driving, horse care, back riding and sensory work. The services are used by Community Payback, local authority care homes, special schools/SEN departments, Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks programme, and local disability support groups.

Edventure Frome

Edventure Frome is a school for community enterprise based in The Welsh Mill Hub in Frome. They link education, community and enterprise to create a win-win-win scenario. The courses engage young adults to set up a community enterprise to meet a local need. Following the course, students are offered support to use the skills they have gained on the course to begin their own ventures and foster entrepreneurship.

Their aims are:

  • Enabling young adults to progress towards a livelihood that matters to them.
  • Contributing to a strong, resilient, open-minded, sharing community.
  • Growing enterprises & initiatives as part of a sustainable economy that works for all.

Heads Up

Heads Up is a local Charity working with individuals across the Mendip area of Somerset who are affected by mental health issues and other difficulties.

Social isolation is one of the biggest problems of mentally ill people, usually leading to deterioration in their condition and ultimately costing more in both care and benefits. Day courses help motivate clients and increases their self-esteem.

They support clients towards recovery, increased independence and greater wellbeing and quality of life. Heads Up provide a therapeutic environment with excellent facilities including light, welcoming workspaces, a communal café and a large garden with outdoor seating areas.

Courses and activities offered include: Arts & Crafts, Cookery, Gardening, Pottery and Wood Craft.

Anybody Can Cook

Any Body Can Cook! improves lives by kindling a passion for cooking, infusing memories of food and preparation that are both positive and fun. Multi-award winning ABC Cook! engages individuals, promotes health, reduces isolation & builds communities through the sharing of food coupled with the development of cooking skills.

All workshops deliver in depth knowledge and hands on experience of the ingredients and methods. Evidence-based content and delivery ensures sessions give participants a basic knowledge of how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals in an informal manner providing opportunities for family or community interaction, eating in a social context and some physical exercise. In an increasingly fast moving world the recipes created demonstrate how quick, easy and cheap it is to prepare and cook a healthy balanced meal from base ingredients.

Reminiscence Learning

Reminiscence Learning is a Regional and National Award winning registered charity based in Wellington, Somerset. We provide a specialist training experience for three main areas within the care industry: dementia, reminiscence and activities.

A dedicated team of people work together to ensure that all training courses are prepared and delivered in a professional and educational way yet are fun, practical and thought provoking with comprehensive resource files and certificate.

Training is offered to people at all levels of ability and needs and are therefore suitable for Private Individuals, Carers, Volunteers, Professionals, NHS Trusts, Nursing and Residential Homes, Day Hospitals, Community Centres and businesses.

Conquest Centre

A charity that welcomes the community, embraces the family and engages with nature, offering coaching for disabled and able-bodied clients, based in Taunton.

Conquest Centre is a leading Somerset charity dedicated to providing a range of equine activities for adults and children with a wide range of abilities. All activities are delivered by qualified instructors with specialist expertise in working with people with disabilities, behavioural difficulties and emotional problems, and are supported by a team of specially trained volunteers.

Core activities include riding, carriage driving, horse care, back riding and sensory work. The services are used by Community Payback, local authority care homes, special schools/SEN departments, Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks programme, and local disability support groups.

Children's Scrapstore

Children's Scrapstore are a small charity dedicated to help improve play and creative opportunities for children, young people and adults based in Bristol.

They have a large warehouse full of varied, colourful and abundant scrap materials fantastic for creative play opportunities at low costs. All of the scrap is safe surplus stock collected directly from local businesses and industry.

The Scrapstore offers a range of participatory training programmes and consultancy to schools and early years settings advocating and supporting the development of play.

Preston C of E Primary School

Family Learning at Preston Primary School helps parents and carers improve their self confidence and parenting skills and their ability to help their children learn. Children benefit because parents become more interested and involved in their child's school life, learning how to support them more effectively.

Family Learning at Preston Primary encourages all the family to participate in life long learning; for some parents it can be the first step towards developing further learning for themselves or engaging in volunteer work or seeking paid employment.

Family Learning events have included Circus Skills, Mask Making and Forest School.

Magdalen

Magdalen is a 132-acre organic working farm on the banks of the River Axe where Dorset, Somerset and Devon meet. There is flexible accommodation for small and large groups available in the residential centre and traditional farmhouse. Good food is a big deal here - visitors can enjoy delicious home-cooked food from Magdalen’s own kitchen and gardens.

Magdalen caters for school trips, family learning days, residential stays as well as education and for charities and organisations.

Chard WATCH

WATCH CIC is a community interest company and in particular focuses on helping people who are disadvantaged, isolated or vulnerable. Chard Watch CIC project has been set up to reach out and engage with isolated adults needing support.

The W.A.T.CH Project was set up in 2010 by members of the Chard Intentional Peer Support Group. The aim is to engage isolated adults such as those with mental health problems, physical disabilities, lone parents, the elderly, migrant workers and adults with drug and alcohol problems. Members are encouraged to reach their full potential in a positive environment of support and friendship. Members can take part in activities to learn and gain confidence with each other and help them to find a meaning to their lives.

West Monkton C of E Primary School

Family Learning at West Monkton Primary School engages parents and carers to help their children learn. Children benefit because parents become more interested and involved in their child's school life, learning how to support them more effectively, through Early Years Functional Skills, phonics and craft workshops

Family Learning encourages all the family to participate in learning. Some parents use it as the first step towards developing further learning for themselves or engaging in volunteer work or seeking paid employment.

Wilder Woods

Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership are a small educational charity which aims to enable people to benefit, learn and develop through woodland experiences.

They provide a variety of inclusive opportunities at Hallr Wood in Charlton Mackrell and Drayton Woods, near Langport and also other venues, including school grounds. Activities include: Forest School programmes, Nurture groups, Inclusive provision, Therapeutic Interventions and long term placements for those struggling in school , including Social Service referrals.

Curriculum enrichment sessions, living history, literacy support, environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development. Woodland Playschemes, after school clubs, home ed groups, Wilder Play family learning sessions, Scouts and Youth groups

Over night camps for small groups, private events, birthdays etc Training and workshops for practitioners and school, including mentoring and support for prospective Forest school leaders.

WAP (Wiveliscombe Area Partnership)

Located in Wiveliscombe House, the Community Office was set up by WAP to further the needs of the community and to be an important part of life in the town. It is staffed by two part-time employees, supported by numerous volunteers to manage the office and deal with running and managing Wivey Link.

Courses offered through partnership with SS&L are aimed at reducing social isolation and improving confidence and skills of learners through creative expression. Exploration of different musical instruments and song-writing promotes co-operation and boosts self-confidence.

The Crafty Teapot

The Crafty Teacup Café is a friendly family run café where the ethos is to provide all customers with a sense of wellbeing, through excellent service and home cooked food and drink as well as courses aimed at disadvantaged people in the Burnham-on-Sea area.

Activities cover healthy and nutritious cooking and eating, international cuisine and crafting including head massage, chai making workshops, decoupage and wellbeing workshops.

What started out as a cluttered, dark storage room has now turned into a unique café and learning community, giving isolated members of the community a sense of belonging.

Compass Disability

Compass Disability Services is a customer led organisation based in Taunton. The Board of Trustees, who are elected by customers, is comprised of at least 80% disabled people. Compass Disability have adopted the Social Model of Disability as a way of working to remove barriers which exclude disabled people from equality of opportunity.

Courses offered in partnership with SS&L help people in receipt of direct payments hire their own support and carers, speak up for themselves, plan ahead and work towards further training, employment or volunteering.

 

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