Introduction

Flower Pod is part of Nottinghamshire charity Reach Learning Disability and is run as a Social Enterprise based on the Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst campus, close to the cathedral town of Southwell.

Reach, originally known as Southwell Care Project (established in 1999), now supports over 200 people with learning disabilities through Day Centre provision based in Newark, Mansfield and Southwell and via Reach Care which provides a one-to-one domiciliary care support service.

Flower Pod was conceived in 2012 when Reach decided to expand their service to people with learning disabilities by offering a horticultural based facility in Southwell which would be closely integrated with the local community.

Since then, Flower Pod has evolved into a beautiful 1.5 acre garden site which provides a marvellous environment where Reach employees, local volunteers and people with learning disabilities work together to produce and sell flowers, natural confetti and other products from the site and local community.

For people with learning disabilities, horticultural based activities help develop important skills and confidence needed for independent living. The environment harnesses the opportunity to build new friendships, enjoy physical activity and learn about the natural world.

As a Social Enterprise, Flower Pod is financed by a mix of income from Reach Learning Disability, external funding and increasingly from business activities such as selling flowers, confetti and on-site activities such as tours, events and workshops.

The business activities provide consumers with a fantastic opportunity to purchase local produce in the knowledge they are supporting Flower Pod and helping to engage people with learning disabilities with the skills and processes they require to enhance their own life.

For more information please contact us.