The Severn Project

About The Severn Project

The essence of the company is to bridge the gap between treatment and social reintegration though a process of education, training and employment, delivered in a market garden context through the production of food which is sold into the community.

Pathways Covered

Education, training and employment

Overview

The Severn Project is a social enterprise producing and supplying the highest quality salad to food-lovers across Bristol and beyond.

But we're more than simply the purveyors of the area's freshest leaves. Our urban farms are run by passionate individuals with track records in helping people from socially excluded groups, such as those recovering from substance misuse, with poor mental health or offending backgrounds.

Since its launch in May 2010, the Severn Project has held two goals in equal measure: to provide our customers with the best salad leaves money can buy, while also helping socially excluded groups to build new and rewarding lives through employment, training and education.

What we do

Education, training and employment

Regardless of the level of commitment, whether one day per week or adult apprentice, all will gain from carrying out volunteer work within an abstinent community of work-based recovery.

Opportunities include:

  • Land preparation
  • Seed sowing
  • Soil cultivation and maintenance
  • Salad picking, washing and packaging for sale and delivery



Co-operative development

In 2012, we launched the Severn Project Growers Co-operative which former clients can join once they have completed their training and become employed by the project.

This aim is to ensure that they become stakeholders in the Severn Project and also receive a dividend alside the approach – encouraging teamwork, autonomy, self-efficacy and personal responsibility.


Conservation services

We are approved providers of conservation services for Woodland Trust and Bristol City Council.

Services delivered on site include:

  • Maintenance of hedges and boundaries
  • Woodland management
  • Path maintenance
  • Grass cutting among many others

Sites we are contracted to work on include Tower House Woods, Dundry Slopes, Lamplighters Marsh and Hawkfield Meadow.


Social prescribing

With the growing interest among GPs and primary care services in the concept of ‘social prescribing’, the Severn Project has recently started work with the Care Forum and Keynsham Action Network on the New Routes Social Prescribing Project. Social prescribing is an innovative approach characterised by a more holistic approach involving physical activity, creativity, learning new skills, volunteering and self-help. People referred through these projects have experienced decreased social isolation, enhanced self-esteem, opportunities for skill development, transferable skills and improved mental health and wellbeing.

Where we do it

We currently deliver services across three sites:

Keynsham

Whitchurch

Temple Meads

Each site is different in terms of lay out and opportunities available. Expansion of the sites is on going and we hope to shortly have classrooms and cafe facilities available in order to expand the social enterperise/co operative element of what we offer t a wider number of people.

How to access

Please click here to view our referral criteria.

Please click here to view our referral form.

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