INTO THE GARDEN
Giving people with autism the skills and knowledge
to work in horticulture.
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OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Into the Garden CIC aims to give people with autism the skills and knowledge to work in horticulture.
We provide work experience and the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications.
Into the Garden is a place where people can learn at their own pace; where specialist staff support people to become confident, fulfil their potential and take part in a commercial enterprise.
Our plan is to become a self-financing horticultural enterprise.
We will offer work and training placements to people with ASC. We will grow flowers for cutting, foliage for the wholesale market, herbs and unusual trees for local markets.
Once the cutting garden is established we will offer a floristry service for weddings, funerals and events. We will also sell bouquets, herbs and trees via the internet.
We are currently running a pilot project
under the umbrella of Farm Ability, a charity that is on the same site as we are.
One day a week we offer four people with autism an apprenticeship place and they work on an ASDAN qualification: Setting up a Mini Enterprise.
This will run for six months and in this time we will set up a polytunnel, prepare the field for spring and probably get covered in mud plenty of times this winter!
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning difficulties and need a lifetime of specialist support.
People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.