West Berkshire Mencap / Growing4All

Growing4All is a therapeutic garden skills project for Adults with Learning Disabilities based at Cottismore Park.

Growing4All provides real work for its trainees with a customer base that is well established, providing such services as spring, summer and autumn bedding plants for sale, hanging baskets mde to order and Christmas decorations made to order.

We carry out woodwork projects using recycled wood. Things we create include bird houses, bird tables, garden furniture, planters and also shabby chic furniture for your home. This is all made to order.

Growing4All runs a Healthy Options course, where all service users are encouraged to think about growing and eating food in a healthy way.  This runs alongside the therapeutic gardening and greenhouse horticulture work, where the service users are using active gardening to improve their physical health.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Amy Bosley
Contact Position
Project Manager
Telephone
07342 269932
E-mail
amy.bosley@wbmencap.org
Website
Mencap
Parent Organisation

Where to go

Name
Cottismore Park
Address
Newbury Road
Kingsclere
Newbury
Berkshire
Postcode
RG20 4SY
Notes

The venue is fully accessible with disabled toilet.

Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss any issues or concerns you might have regarding accessibility.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday 9.45pm to 2.45pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Open every week
except break for Christmas and two days of closures in October for staff team training.

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
18-25
26-49
50+
Referral required
No
Referral Details

Referrals and applications can be made by:

  • Self Referral
  • Care Manager Referral
  • Application Form, on request

Funding needs to be in place before placement can start and all paperwork completed with Care Plans and informations shared with placement.

Funding can be through West Berkshire Council, Personal Budgets or self funded.

Other notes

Applications and enquiries are acknowledged as soon as they are received. Individuals will be invited, at their convenience, to visit Growing4All and see if they would like a free taster session (if appropriate and organised, this can be at the same time). A preferred day can be reserved if there is availability on that day. If placement is agreed, and funding and paperwork are in place - either by Personal Budget or through the Care Managers - then a placement can start as soon as possible. Transport is not provided, though West Berkshire Council do run a limited bus service to and from the project daily, dependant on spaces available. Growing4All is registered with Wokingham and West Berkshire's 'Support with Confidence' Scheme.

Local Offer

Description

Growing4All is a therapeutic garden skills project for Adults with Learning Disabilities based at Cottismore Park.

Growing4All provides real work for its trainees with a customer base that is well established, providing such services as spring, summer and autumn bedding plants for sale, hanging baskets mde to order and Christmas decorations made to order.

We carry out woodwork projects using recycled wood. Things we create include bird houses, bird tables, garden furniture, planters and also shabby chic furniture for your home. This is all made to order.

Growing4All runs a Healthy Options course, where all service users are encouraged to think about growing and eating food in a healthy way.  This runs alongside the therapeutic gardening and greenhouse horticulture work, where the service users are using active gardening to improve their physical health.

 

Contact Name
Amy Bosley
Contact Telephone
07342 269932
Contact Email
amy.bosley@wbmencap.org
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
19 plus
Needs Level
High
Medium
Low

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

Fully accessible, disabled toilet. Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss any issues or concerns you might have regarding accessibility.

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

Eligibility depends on the individual ability and desire to attend and take part in the service, able to show ability to learn and develop skills to partake in the work, or to enjoy the therapeutic nature of the project. Growing4All offers a free taster session to potential new members. New members are then placed on a 6 week assessment to see fi the service is suitable for their needs.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

Referrals and applications can be made by: •Self Referral •Care Manager Referral •Application Form, on request Funding needs to be in place before placement can start and all paperwork completed with Care Plans and informations shared with placement. Funding can be through CTPLD, Personal Budgets or self funded.

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

Applications and enquiries are acknowledged as soon as they are received. Individuals will be invited, at their convenience, to visit Growing4All and see if they would like a free taster session (if appropriate and organised, this can be at the same time). A preferred day can be reserved if there is availability on that day. If placement is agreed, and funding and paperwork are in place - either by Personal Budget or through the Care Managers - then a placement can start as soon as possible.

Who provides / funds your service?
Other
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
No
Inspection outcomes/quality awards

Growing4All is registered with Wokingham and West Berkshire's 'Support with Confidence' Scheme.

Feedback and complaints procedure

The service conducts an annual customer satisfaction survey which provides an opportunity to provide feedback and comments on the service. However, we are keen to ensure that any issues are addressed by ourselves at the earliest opportunity and complaints and compliments should be addressed in the first instance to the manager of the service verbally or by phone / email as follows: Name Telephone Email Should the complaint relate to the manager of the service (or dissatisfaction with the way an existing complaint has been handled) then complaints should be addressed to the Acting CEO as follows: Tony Ferguson / Jane Hall -  West Berkshire Mencap The Mencap Centre Enborne Gate Enborne Road Newbury Berkshire RG14 6AT Tel. 01635 41464 tony.ferguson@wbmencap.org / jane.hall@wbmencap.org 

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

Individual risk assessments are completed for everybody who attends the service, all activities are risk assessed and all staff are fully trained in a variety of subjects on a regular basis. Health and Safety Awareness, Fire Awareness, Safe Guarding, Medication / Personal Care, Epilepsy, PRICE, First Aid, Equality and Diversity, Managing Challenging Behaviour. West Berkshire Mencap complies with all Health and Safety requirements and all associated legislation. Growing4All fully supports best practise and provides annual training refreshers to staff instead of the recommended three years for training.

West Berkshire Council do not promote or endorse any of the services listed in this Directory. For more information on this please read our disclaimer.

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