Place Category: Food & Drink
Risdon Enterprises CIC is a social enterprise, and consists of a dairy & free range egg business based on Risdon Farm, that helps fund the Gilead charity. The egg business, as a franchisee of John Bowler eggs, is proving successful and being developed as we gain more funds to expand our number of hens and facilities.
Risdon training is a department offering clients national accreditation while going through their rehabilitation program, in order to gain future employment. RE CIC operate not only a dairy farm, but a free range egg business. All profits from the business go towards sponsoring the charity so that more clients can experience recovery from addiction.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Risdon-Enterprises.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated February 2017
1) Providing skills training and rehabilitation
Risdon Enterprises CIC was set up to provide skills training and rehabilitation, within the social enterprise activities of the company.
The farming environment continues to provide an excellent and integral place for clients who enter on a 52 week programme. The practical skills therapy uses the agricultural elements of the dairy farming, free range egg production (25,000 birds), also general maintenance, plant machinery, catering and related skills. So as clients progress through their phased programme, they have a wide range of opportunites to develop various skills which equips them for future employment.
The clients are assisted and overseen by a dedicated team of staff, the majority of whom live together with the clients in a community extended family strucuture at Risdon Farm.
2) Examples measures of support provided
We have up to 12 people who can stay with us at any one time; last year we helped approximately 12-15 people within our residential care services.
The individuals we helped came from across various part of the UK, and approximately 8 of these clients came from various governmental agencies, which we worked with.
3) Case study
Gary had been an addict since the age of 12. Same old story - in and out of jail, girlfriends, kids, no sense of responsibility. He got into class A drugs when he was about 16 or 17 and ended up on Heroin. He tried several rehabs and twelve step programmes without much success.
His story: “ In 2005 I injected into my groin and missed the vein. This resulted in a lot of complications and I ended up in hospital. I had two blood clots, no white blood cells and a collapsed lung. I should have died. Somehow I survived!”
In 2011 I went to Risdon for work therapy along with my wife Kate and I took the Genesis Relapse Prevention Process seriously and found that it really does help if done properly. I released a lot of anger, hurt and resentment that I had been holding onto since childhood days. I forgave others and asked for forgiveness myself. It was like the weight of a dead horse had been lifted off my shoulders - quite a release!”
Part of my programme was to get involved with the Dairy cows and the chicken enterprise and after I finished the programme we decided we wanted to stay on voluntary and help give back to people what I’ve learned for myself. We are now living in Plymouth as a family and I come back to help supervise the chickens and dairy when the farm manager needs a holiday!! I am so thankful for all the help and support Risdon Enterprises has given to myself and my wife.”