The Prospects Trust Unwrapped Canopy of Care project is going to create “more than just a place to sit” for the community of Ely & East Cambridgeshire. We wish to install a commercial grade canopy across our outside fully accessible seating area outside of Unwrapped, LuvEly’s Community Larder and Lighthouse Community Centre to enable our Co-workers, Customers and Community Groups to have a safe place to interact (at a distance). Our Canopy of Care will be a physical hug of a cover to those suffering isolation during Covid. We wish to create a well-managed safe place in the heart of Ely where people can still meet in the winter, outside and supported. Pre and during Covid-19 many Community support groups have used Unwrapped as a meeting point. The Canopy of Care will cover our outside well-spaced seating to enable this vital human interaction to continue and make sure that everyone has someone to care for and be cared by.
In Sept 2019 our local and very established charity opened a very new and innovative social enterprise – Unwrapped, Ely’s first Zero Waste, Eco-Refill Larder & truly GREEN-grocery. A year of trading and Unwrapped has put social enterprise on the Ely high street, with young people with additional needs at the heart of action, making the barista pro coffee, serving customers on state of the art tills and creating fantastic products from the shop and farm produce. But imagine running a zero single use plastic refill store & farm food café in the middle of a Global Pandemic, its been interesting. However what we learnt – we can survive this together.
Over lockdown we reduced the internal head count, created hand sanitiser stations, provided free home delivery to our shielding customers and sadly removed our internal seating to make room for “social distancing”. Our staff and Co-worker Teams were the first to wear face coverings in the City, making Covid precautions a new norm, vital as we support some of the most vulnerable in our society. This summer we created a whole new outside seating area from donations, crowdfunding and lots of upcycling creativity. Our customers flocked to support our (their) enterprise; shopping local, seasonally, sustainably and supporting Unwrapped as we dare to retail differently. They even helped create the planters outside our seating area, help lay foundations and erect the benches, tables and give back their time and expertise to make it happen. All this was tricky while the sun shined – now Winter is indeed coming and we wish to create a little Canopy of Care to keep that warmth in all of our hearts.
Donate a tenner and kick off our Crowdstarter, donate £20 to be our Crowdpleaser and if you can £50 to be our Chief Crowdonor! Keep it local, keep safe and keep happy at Prospects Trust Unwrapped – retailing differently since before Covid-19 and unwrapping more than just a place to sit!
Thank you to all of our supporters to date – we have already raised a third of our appeal total – lets make Lockdown worth something and have something to look forward to when we can meet up again!
We have just harvested something a bit different at Snakehall Farm and we want you to share the Snakehall Song as far and wide as you can. Do you think we could be Christmas No1 or get the Gold Buzzer from Ant & Dec?
The Prospects Trust’s Co-workers and support staff came together, bringing with them their dulcet tones and awe-inspiring personalities, to sing The Snakehall Song, penned by Snakehall Farm’s very own singer-songwriter Adam Vaughan. They practiced daily in preparation for a live performance at the 30th Anniversary Farm Open Day. The impact the song had on the audience, resulted in shouts for an encore and left our co-workers and staff elated. Now Prospects Trust wants their Snakehall Song to go viral!
With each daily
farm rehearsal, the co-workers’ (people with additional needs) confidence grew
and many individuals, who were nervous about performing in front of a large
crowd, pulled it off on the big day and overcame their stage fright. The Snakehall Song is now captured in film
and ready to go live. The Snakehall Song has been a fun and inclusive way to
showcase the many different people who are part of an exemplary Cambridgeshire care
farm & social enterprise that has been “growing differently” since 1989.
Support Worker and the farm’s music maestro said “it has been a pleasure and a
delight writing a song with the Co-workers of Snakehall Farm. It was a humbling experience helping
Co-workers overcome their fears around singing and performing, seeing them
learn the words and actions and creating our first musical masterpiece to
celebrate 30 years of growing (and now singing) of The Prospects Trust.”
Deputy Manager said “in the seven years I have worked here I have never come
across anything that has unified the Co-workers, staff and supporters of the
farm and brought as much joy as the Snakehall Song. I am ready to perform it in front of Simon
Cowell but they won’t let me leave Snakehall.”
Snakehall Song project was funded by the DOSOCO Foundation, a local charitable
foundation that supports music therapy, music access, music education and the
innovative use of sound and music for social good. The whole process was captured by the
Snakehall Farm team on an iPad funded by The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men. These
small grants and donations have helped make magic happen.
Development Manager Maz said “we have a great desire to make this song go bigger than the Sausage Roll Song last Christmas. We are also raising funds for our 30th Anniversary year and are asking for people who love our song to donate to our £30K for 30 Years appeal, donations can be made online at: localgiving.org/charity/prospectstrustatsnakehallfarm/project/SnakehallSong
We have all the gear from Hot Numbers Roastery, including a state of the art coffee machine and the tastiest of beans sourced fairly and ethically. Now we just need to transform the milky foam into coffee art in time for service! Our new Support Worker Clare has been rehearsing for the Grand Opening this Wednesday 4th September.
Huge congratulations to Anna from the Garden Team and Linda from the Farm Team, on completing the Cambridge Half Marathon on the 3rd March. They braved the wet weather and hit the streets of Cambridge to raise money for The Prospects Trust’s £30K for 30 Years campaign. Thanks to their efforts we raised over £1200.00.
I caught up with Anna to ask how it felt to run the 13 mile race and she said ” it was an amazing experience. What made it for me was the encouragement from the crowd and the messages of support”
Times: Anna – 1 hr 55 and Linda = 2hrs 33 Well done to our Snakehall runners you did brilliantly.
We are really excited to be featured on Chris South’s BBC Radio Cambridgeshire show on Sunday 11th November. Listen in from 10am to hear Farmer Mark and Fundraising Maz talk about the roots of The Prospects Trust and our plans to mark our 30th anniversary milestone of “growing differently” in 2019. To view schedule: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Link.
What a treat to trick so many on our dark and spooky farm site this
Halloween. We transformed our organic acreage into a Zombie filled farm
and welcomed unsuspecting families, co-workers and general public through our gates for a bone chilling night of scares (and giggles). With the help of the Templars 1st Baldock Cubs and lots of volunteers this annual spook-tacular raised well over £1000 for The Prospects Trust and was a total scream. See you at the next one in 2020 if you dare?
A farm-changing £6,000 has been donated to The Prospects Trust resulting
from a solidarity partnership with Emmaus Cambridge. Earlier in the
year, Emmaus Cambridgeshire’s Companions selected us as their Solidarity
Partner for 2018. The Trust have
been hosting monthly volunteering days from Emmaus Companions,
providing some much needed helping hands on our busy farm and giving
them some interactive work experience. Emmaus held a solidarity sale on
Saturday 29th September at it’s second-hand
shop in Landbeach. The shop, which is stocked with pre-loved items from
generous members of the public, welcomed a large number of customers,
who purchased furniture, clothing, household goods and much more, with
all takings from the day going to The Prospect Trust. For more details
about Emmaus please visit Emmaus Cambridge’s Website