We have a number of social enterprises in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset areas. They offer people with learning disabilities and autism opportunities to gain work skills, vocational training, and paid employment.
Elm Tree Farm
Elm Tree Farm is a vibrant, colourful place; a piece of the countryside in the middle of Bristol. It is a care farm, producing a wide variety of nutritious produce grown using organic farming methods and breeding a range of livestock. Over 50 people with learning disabilities and autism work at the Farm.
All the produce can be bought from the onsite farm shop which is open weekdays from 9.00am–3.30pm, and at local markets including Bristol’s weekly Farmers’ Market on Corn Street. For more information, please visit the Elm Tree Farm website.
Meet the Elm Tree Farm gardeners
Grounds & Gardens
Grounds & Gardens provides high-quality, competitively priced gardening and grounds maintenance to organisations and households in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset. It provides paid employment opportunities. For more information, please visit the Grounds & Gardens website.
Greenfields Project offers older people opportunities to get involved in a variety of gardening and craft activities. They produce and sell their wares, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and salad, as well as wood products such as planting boxes, bird houses, and kindling.
Products are available to buy directly from Lawrence Weston Community Farm (from the Greenfields cabin on the left-hand side as you enter the Farm), and also our charity shops in Bristol.
We run two creative and lively ceramics studios; Banwell Pottery in Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, and Fired Up Ceramics in Yate, near Bristol. They offer practical work experience, training opportunities, and supported employment.
The potters produce unique designs inspired by the things they see around them, and make these designs into finished products, including ceramic tiles and coasters, hanging decorations, and greetings cards.
They exhibit and sell their work at a variety of craft and art fairs across North Somerset and Bristol, as well as direct from the studio at @Worle and the Brandon charity shops. You can also have a go at designing and making ceramics yourself at evening classes. For more information, please visit the Banwell Pottery website.
Supported employment at Banwell Pottery
Fired Up Ceramics
Products are made by hand from start to finish, so every item is unique. There are a range of painting hobby classes and occasional workshops. The studio also offers private parties and group activities on evenings and weekends.
Products are available to buy from the onsite shop and from the Brandon charity shops. They also attend craft fairs in and around Bristol. For more information, please visit the Fired Up Ceramics website.
Fired Up Ceramics
We run two cafes in the Bristol/South Gloucestershire area; Barn Café at Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood, and the Vassall Centre Café in Fishponds.
The cafes provide opportunities for vocational training and paid employment. The aim is to help people transition into the workplace, and gain transferable life and social skills. They make and sell delicious freshly prepared food and tasty cakes.