We are working closely with .Gov Guidelines and Cambridgeshire County Council to ensure we operate safely at Snakehall Farm and Prospects Trust Unwrapped. With the vital importance of Socially Distancing for our Co-workers we have now CLOSED TO CO-WORKER PLACEMENTS. For more details visit our COVID-19 Pages.
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.
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.
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.
Many thanks to The Education Services 2010 for funding the renovation of an old portacabin transformed by the Snakehall Farm and Garden Team crews into a fully accessible new Co-worker Boot Room ready for a busy 2020 growing season here at Snakehall Farm. #BootfulBootRoom
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!
We have launched our Prospects Trust Christmas 2019 Appeal live from Snakehall Farm. We have a problem with our dishwasher, find out from Co-worker Bev what’s up:
If you are faced with a mountain of washing up after your Christmas feast you too will know just how we all feel at Snakehall Farm after all of our Co-workers have started their day with a vital cuppa, recharged their batteries with a warm winter lunch and finished their day with just one more tea. On top of the mountain of dishes we also have 100s of jars to sterilise for our Mamma Julie’s preserves. This daily task is usually aided with our commercial dishwasher which speeds through the washing and makes our sterilising a whizz. Unfortunately our repairman (who comes quite regularly) has told us we have worn out the dishwasher from too much work! We all know the feeling right? We are now hoping our 2020 season can be sprung into life with a no leak/no leek commercial grade dishwasher and with your help we can.
Help us repair the LEEKy leaky dishwasher at Snakehall Farm this Christmas. Donate online at: https://localgiving.org/appeal/LeekySnakehall/
Ho Ho Ho its time to stock your larder, squirrel your nuts and get ready to unwrap Christmas. This is our first Christmas at Unwrapped and we will have an official closure from between Christmas and the new year. We also have a few changes to our usual hours to help support our Co-workers and make sure they too celebrate together. Here are our trading hours:
We prefer to retail magically, retail differently and keep it local every day at Prospects Trust Unwrapped. We are keeping our prices low every day and hope that our customer’s see the real value in buying locally, sustainably and ethically all year around, our Unwrapped deal is not just for Christmas!
We are delighted to have been selected as one of Ely Waitrose Partners as one of their November 2019 Community Matters charities. We just need you to pop in your green tokens at the end of your shop and the lovely branch team will convert this into a charitable donation (shared between 3 local causes) just before Christmas.