Affinity Trust has a strong reputation for creating innovative projects offering adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to enhance life skills and gain work placements.
Located on Englefield Estate, near Reading, and managed by Affinity Trust, Englefield Garden Centre is the home of such a project.
Englefield grows more than 100,000 plants a year. But it is a thriving garden centre in more ways than one:
It is a self-sustaining social enterprise that operates without funding grants or subsidies
Nearly half of the permanent workforce are adults with learning disabilities.
It runs a horticultural therapy programme for people with learning disabilities.
The programme engages participants in horticultural activities that promote improved health and wellbeing, increased confidence and interpersonal skills.
The centre is always looking to further develop voluntary placements, work experience and paid employment. The people we support take on a range of tasks, including the development of the centre’s plants and helping the garden centre meet the needs of an increasing customer base.
For more information about Englefield Garden Centre, visit their website.