A New Space for Therapeutic Horticulture at Snakehall Farm this Autumn

We are building something new at Snakehall Farm.

We are creating The Orchard – a new complex needs safe space for therapeutic horticulture for Co-workers with profound or multiple disabilities. Working on a 1:1 or small group provision, The Orchard will nurture in nature while creating small work based activities linked to wider growing plan of Snakehall Farm.

Cabin Viva Danny and Snakehall Farm Co-workers show just how big our new Co-worker Zone in the Orchards will be when built

We are recruiting for a Therapeutic Horticulture Lead to help shape this new provision and we have lots of interest in new placement starters from September 2022. If you are interested in the role to help shape our Complex Needs provision on Snakehall Farm please check out our vacancies page. If you are interested in a supported placement in The Orchards or want to know more about how we grow opportunities for people with additional needs take a look at our Placements Information or call the office on 01638741551 for more details or to arrange a farm tour.

We are fundraising to complete this project over the summer. We have received funding from many donors and are seeking additional capital grants and donations. You can donate online on our Project Page https://localgiving.org/charity/prospectstrust/project/TherapeuticHorticultureOrchard/ If you are interested in supporting the capital development of this and other projects at The Prospects Trust please contact Maz Baker on 01638741551 to discuss in more detail.

Where the Wild Things Can Grow: Re-wilding at Snakehall Farm 2022

Farmer Mark and Trustee Peter meet to discuss the possibilities in our triangle field of dreams

Snakehall Farm has always been a haven for all things green but this year we have a grand plan to go super green. No not just growing more beans, sprouts or salad.

This year we are going to grow wild!

We have secured £10,000 from Together for our Planet (Lottery Funding), we have an active Community Crowdfunder with Aviva and we have plan to transform our 7.5 acre field into a community green space with a difference. We are re-wilding, tree planting, bug spotting and carbon offsetting with our new project.

You can donate to our £3,000 Crowdfunder up until 29th June 2022, this will show you how close we are to reaching our target:

You can easily scan to donate to our Crowdfunder here:

We need lots of help! If you can donate your time, your skills, your tools or even plant hire we want to hear from you. Perhaps you can sponsor some larger trees or just want to offset your own carbon by helping us create a green space for the planet in a corner of Cambridgeshire.

We are going to continue to tend to the saplings in this field, add more hedges and plant bigger trees.

We are going to add wildflower meadows and a community meeting space in the heart of the field of green dreams.

We are going to add accessible pathways and mowed nature trails around the site.

We will dig two scrapes to help promote the biodiversity, with a pond dipping platform and seats to just drink in the fresh air.

Draft Plan of the Field

Please get in touch if you are able to support our field of dreams and help us grow wild.

National Tea Day celebrated at Snakehall Farm with a brew and a Co-worker biscuit debate

Prospects Trust’s Staff and Co-workers, people with additional needs, celebrated National Tea Day at Snakehall Farm with a sunshiny brew sent from the English Tea Shop. The biggest debates of the day; to dunk or not to dunk and what’s the best biscuit? What takes your biscuit today?

Three Unfit Farriers are Snakehall Superheroes

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

Well its not Superman…………………….

3 Unfit Farriers at Cambridge Half

Its our Snakehall Farm SuperMEN – the three Unfit Farriers who decided over their Christmas celebrations to set themselves a challenge and run the Cambridgeshire Half…….for The Prospects Trust Polytunnel Partners Appeal…..in Lycra with a difference!

Meet Joe Rose, Robert Rush and Billy Mulqueen our superhero fundraising stars who have raised over £1,800 by running their first half Marathon. You can still donate online or just perhaps get farm fit yourself by watching Batman and Robin do a little pre event warm up here

Prospects Trust’s Enterprise Kitchen is about to MAKE SOME NOISE!

Our Enterprise Kitchen at Snakehall Farm is going to transform Learning Disability Work Based support one vegan roll at a time thanks to a grant from Global Make Some Noise this springtime.

The Prospects Trust is a very lucky recipient of both a project and a core grant from Global Make Some Noise, which is going to help develop work based learning and catering kitchen skills development for young people with additional needs and/or autism.

Chocolate Brownies being made by Co-worker in Prospects Trust Enterprise Kitchen

Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants to 60 small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2021. Thanks to the incredible generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands – Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, The Prospects Trust located in Cambridgeshire has received £45,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise to support its vital work to provide meaningful work and support to people with additional needs.

The money granted to The Prospects Trust will fund the development of The Enterprise Kitchen a training kitchen at Snakehall Farm, creating 1 part time job and providing new placement opportunities for people with additional needs and enable life-changing benefits to families and individuals in the local community. It will also cover the cost of a programme of community and volunteer events hosted at Snakehall Farm throughout 2022.

Maz Baker, Strategic Development Manager at The Prospects Trust said “The past two years our rural local charity has had to really dig deep to survive to thrive, with all the challenges thrown at our care farm by the pandemic, this boost from Global’s Make Some Noise, is going to get us back on track, transforming lives differently and growing opportunity for our Co-workers, people with additional needs. Spring has sprung at Snakehall Farm thanks to this grant”.

Now in its eighth year of service, Global’s Make Some Noise has supported over 400 local charities whose remarkable work has helped a total of 150,000 people across the UK. The money raised has paid for food banks, befriending projects for the elderly and isolated, cancer wellbeing programmes, domestic abuse refuges, employment training and physical therapy for people with disabilities. 

Emma Bradley, Director of Global Goodness at Global said: “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. With the cost of living continuing to increase many more people will turn to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. So we’re pleased to be able to help small charities at the centre of communities and will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.”

For more information about supported placements in our Enterprise Kitchen visit our Placement Information page or call our Charity HQ on 01638741551.

Our Enterprise Kitchen crew are taking Wholesale Orders for cakes, bakes, preserves and chutneys made onsite at Snakehall Farm in our 5* catering hub, for more information please email us at Unwrapped[@]prospectstrust.org.uk or pop into Prospects Trust Unwrapped, Ely Monday to Saturday.

Unwrapping the Aviva Crowdfunder

We have until lunchtime of the April 22nd to raise £3000 in pledges. We want to Unwrap Unwrapped further and we need your help! Click here to go to the Aviva Crowdfunder Page and pledge your support to The Prospects Trust.

Prospects Trust Unwrapped opened in September 2019 and has started a refill revolution for the local consumers of Ely, but more vitally, it has become the little shop where magic happens.  The Prospects Trust wanted to open a REAL shop to provide REAL work-based training opportunities for people with additional needs. It wanted to create an outlet for all the organic produce sown, grown and harvested by their Snakehall Farm Co-workers and it wanted to give Ely a different way to shop.  In just six months, Unwrapped has been created, launched and now offers 18 placements per week to individuals with additional needs. Unwrapped has already supported 4 learners gain accredited qualifications in retail and food safety and has just enrolled a further 7 learners for 2020.  Unwrapped has created retail opportunities for over 15 local eco artisans in their Craftisan Pods.  Unwrapped has created a sustainable solution to single-use plastic with its novel Refill Larder Wall and loose produce baskets. 

Co-workers creating new dishes from local produce

Now we want to UNWRAP the outside.  We wish to transform the outside of the shop front into an accessible cafe area, with raised bed planters and cycle racks, doggie area and pushchair park.  We want to offer more space for more locals to linger longer in our unique Unwrapped store.  Your support will see us transform an old inaccessible gravel area into an upcycled, recycled and accessible seating area.  By increasing the seating area outside we aim to attract more customers to be served by more Co-workers, helping us put their new found retail skills to the test with the ultimate aim of getting paid employment for our Unwrapped Trainees in their local community.

There is no Planet B

At The Prospects Trust we are keen to reduce our Carbon Foot Print and we have signed up with Terracycle and Recycle 4 Charity to help in the fight against climate change.

On the 18th March it is Global Recycling Day, which is a great initiative to get people thinking GREEN, however you don’t need a specific day to do your bit. The smallest changes can make the biggest difference, so if you have a pile of empty crisp packets or some old toothbrushes/toothpaste tubes then come along to Snakehall Farm and we will take them off your hands. We have recycling stations so you can recycle crisp packets, toothpaste and toothbrushes and also your empty ink cartridges. By doing this you will not only help the planet but also support our charity.
You could also pay a visit to our eco- friendly shop Prospects Unwrapped in the market town of Ely, where we promote a plastic free ethos. You can get your store cupboard essentials from our refill larder or just pop in to enjoy a cuppa and a cake.

Volunteering with The Prospects Trust

We LOVE free help, willingly given and paid back in smiles. Over the 30 years of The Prospects Trust we have received 1000’s of hours of volunteer support, from our Trustee Board to our regular volunteers on Snakehall Farm we couldn’t grow without them. In 2020 we are looking to recruit more volunteers to help us develop our charitable enterprise.

On Monday 10th March from 2:30 to 4:00 pm we will be hosting a drop-in session for prospective volunteers at our new social enterprise, Prospects Trust Unwrapped in Ely (Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG). Meet some of the team, look at the wide range of volunteering opportunities we have or just come to find out more about The Prospects Trust.

Please RSVP your interest at 01638741551, email [email protected] or tell our shop staff you are coming!

The variety of volunteering is endless and the returns boundless. To name some opportunities, we are looking for help in the following areas:

Co-worker Companions – at Snakehall Farm or within the Unwrapped Shop – providing a buddy to help with daily tasks.

Guest Blogger – we are looking for some creative types to help produce perfect copy for our newsletters, social media and website. Perhaps you like doing product reviews or telling a story in words or pictures. Join our creative volunteers to tell the story of Unwrapped

Community Fundraisers & Prospects Trust Ambassadors – with a fundraising target of £50K per year, our charity needs people who can spread the word, run a raffle or run a marathon. Help put the FUN into our Fundraising and work with our Development Manager to raise the £s this year.

Corporate Social Responsibility Giving Back Days – with 18 acres at our disposal we can offer a real difference to a business away day. Ditch the raft building team building sessions and get digging at Snakehall Farm.

Come help us Grow Differently at The Prospects Trust!