Brandon Trust

Brandon Trust is a charity supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autism across the South of England. We believe that all people with learning disabilities should be able to live a life of freedom with fewer limitations and that employment is key a key component of this. We operate a number of social enterprises that provide basic employment and vocation specific training, and employability skills development to enable people to access paid employment.

The enterprises are based in a range of community settings and we are able to meet a wide range of learning and development needs. The enterprises are embedded within their local community and in addition to employment training the projects allow participants to develop their skills and confidence in dealing with customers and visitors, and to develop real links within the local community.

Get in Touch


If you would like to find out more on what Brandon Trust can do for you, then contact either Joanne Cullum on 07464 670 291, or via email joanne.cullum@brandontrust.org, or Esther Moore on 07464 670 266, or via email esther.moore@brandontrust.org

Hours


Monday – Friday 6am – 10pm

Saturday 4am – 12pm

Sunday 8am – 9pm


Contact


Address Olympus House, Britannia Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5TA

Phone 07464 670 266

Email esther.moore@brandontrust.org

Website www.brandontrust.org

Services

We offer several services to the West of England Works partners: Brandon Trust social enterprise cafés, Fired Up Ceramics, Banwell Pottery, Elm Tree Farm and Grounds and Gardens Bristol.

Brandon Trust Social Enterprise cafés

There are 3 café projects all operating within a social enterprise model. Each café offers a combination of employability skills, vocational training opportunities and skills development to people with learning disabilities and autism.

• Vassals Café is in Fishponds Bristol

• Grimsbury Farm Café is in Kingswood Bristol

• Saint Stephens Café is in Bristol city centre

The placements are delivered from Monday to Friday for up to 50 weeks per year. Please contact Carolyn Johnson, Café Coordinator, for more details on vacancies and referral processes on 07464670233.

Cost

Funding is required to access this service, a placement costs £65.22 per day.


Fired Up Ceramics

Fired Up Ceramics is a community-based Social Enterprise, offering employability skills, vocational training opportunities and skills development to people with learning disabilities and autism. This bustling studio is also open to the public at set times offering community events and classes. People on placement at Fired Up will be involved in supporting sessions and workshops. Ceramics products are hand made on site and people who attend will learn the whole ceramics process. In addition, people will develop other skills relating to retail and marketing.

This is a specialist ceramics project delivered at a fully-equipped ceramics studio. On occasions the team may go out and run workshops or take part in events in other locations. You can contact Emma Carey on 07464670263 for more details on vacancies and referral process.

Cost

Funding is required to access this service, a placement costs £65.22 per day.

Banwell Pottery

Banwell Pottery is a community-based social enterprise project offering employability skills, vocational training opportunities and skills development to people with learning disabilities and Autism. This busy studio is based within a community leisure centre in Worle. People on placement at Banwell are involved in a whole production process, from the design stage to the full production of bespoke handmade pottery items.

In addition to the design and production of goods, there is a strong focus on the development of marketing and retail skills. Staff and trainees from Banwell Pottery regularly attend and take part in local arts events and are well known on the local art scene.

For referrals, please contact Diane Slingsby, on 07493867033.

Cost

Funding is required to access this service, a placement costs £65.22 per day.


Elm Tree Farm (ETF)

ETF is a 49-acre site in Stapleton, Bristol, which provides vocational training, employability and skills development through a wide range of activities and services. These include:

• Breeding livestock

• Growing fruit and vegetables using organic methods

• Growing plants and flowers

• Making jams and preserves

• Producing a range of handcrafted goods.

We are accredited with the Care Farming Quality Standards who audit against the standards annually to ensure we are providing the highest quality of care and support. We are also accredited with Thrive and CEVAS. Our staff team are experienced and fully trained to support people with learning disabilities.

For referrals you can contact Keily Elvin, on email Keily.elvin@brandontrust.org, mobile 07887932616 or work phone 0117 9586206.

Cost

Funding is required to access this service, a placement costs £65.22 per day.

Grounds and Gardens Bristol

Grounds and Gardens is a well-established commercial grounds maintenance and gardening contractor, with added social value. As well as providing these services, we also provide paid supported employment roles for people with learning disabilities and autism. We support, encourage and train our supported employees in commercial horticultural and life skills.

We provide services across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset from our two bases in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.

Our staff team has all the necessary social care and vocational qualifications ensuring that our supported employees are given the appropriate support and training to achieve their potential. We are committed to supporting people with learning disabilities and autism into paid work.

If you’re interested in this, then you can contact Nigel Ainscough via email nigel.ainscough@brandontrust.org, mobile 07464 670340 or work phone 0117 958 6779. Or Louise Kendall on either mobile 07464 670 317 or work phone 01934 413 524.

Cost

Funding is required to access this service, a placement costs £65.22 per day.