Thanks to a corporate volunteering work party from Illumina and the helping hands of our volunteer Al our Far Field Re-wilding project was well tended today. With a field of whips already planted, our team of helping hands took our rather retro tools to the very dry soil helping to ensure the wild weeds were away from the new saplings, boosting the survival rates of these new trees of the future. We spotted lots of new growth and the skies were filled with very beautiful Marbled White butterflies too, we have named our favourite Mabel.
Other volunteers helped with tending the brassicas and gave everywhere a much needed soak to keep the organic vegetables growing this very hot summer. We won’t mention the chicken hugs.
Our Co-workers presented all the volunteers with some Rosie Posies of flowers picked and arranged fresh from the farm this afternoon as a little thank you.
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.
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.
Well come on then and show us alllllllll the moves at our first ever Snakehall Farm Silent Disco. You raise your arms like you just don’t care and help raise funds for our new Co-worker zone – The Orchards. This is a FUNdraiser not to be missed.
The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on Saturday 9th July with two timed disco slots, remember to pick the timed slot at the booking. Session 1 6:30 to 8 or Session 2 8 to 9:30. All ticket holders are welcome to attend the whole event. Disco then Eat or Eat then Disco the choice is yours, or book two slots and dance the night away!
There is a photo booth with a keepsake photo to take home included in the price so please dress to impress.
Soft Drinks Bar, Food Stall and Raffle available to buy on the night. Remember your cash.
The Growers at Snakehall Farm hope that everyone finds time to connect with plants this bank holiday weekend. This week our Co-workers have been busy potting on the Toms! Meet Tom & Tom two of our Support Workers who like to grow differently here at Snakehall Farm. To find out more about working with us visit https://prospectstrust.org.uk/the-prospects-trust-job-ops/
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
The Team at Prospects Trust Unwrapped in Ely are getting excited about improving the eco credentials and kerb appeal of their unique Refill Store and Farm Cafe with your help! With only a few more days to go the project needs a few more supporters to join the eco-crowd.
To find out more about the springy green new shoots at Unwrapped and how to back a great project please visit:
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.
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.
Tune into BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Gardening Programme this Sunday 07/03/21 at 10:30 am to hear all about the Prospects Trust and our plans to swing into Spring at Snakehall Farm, on our Gardening Team and at our shop in Ely; Prospects Trust Unwrapped. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p097pdr1
Our Strategic Development Manager, Maz Baker, will be talking about all the plans we have ready to grow lots of opportunities for people with additional needs at The Prospects Trust, including our Polytunnel Partners scheme for 2021.
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