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We grow and sell a wide range of edible produce, grown to organic principles, including vegetables, herbs, salad, fruit and keep 300 chickens who produce lovely eggs. These are sold in our Farm Shops and on our weekly market. We also grow plants and provide a gardening service as well as a PAT testing service.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Sunnyside-Rural-Trust.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.
1) Supporting adults with learning disabilities to develop skills
Sunnyside Rural Trust supports adults with learning disabilities to develop their skills and experience within a social enterprise setting.
We offer a wide range of employment opportunities including:
- growing and selling fresh produce (e.g. fruit, vegetables and salads);
- poultry keeping;
- PAT testing;
- gardening design and maintenance;
- allotment makeover;
- growing and selling a wide range of plants
We sell our produce and services via networks, regular markets stalls, local events and advertising.
2) Measures of activities
We support over 125 people each week to access our work and employment services.
We rescued 350 ex battery hens.
We donated 750kg of apples to local schools for apple pressing events and distributed over 1000 packets of seeds to help children grow their own food.
3) Helping people with learning disabilities to progress toward employment
We support people with learning disabilities to get a step closer or into employment or volunteering.
The horticultural work we carry out supports the improved health of this group both physically and emotionally. It helps with weight lose due to physical activity and has a therapeutic benefit.
By offering employment and meaningful we can see a noticeable improvement in self esteem, mental health wellness and motivation.
We are the only grower of vegetables in Dacorum Borough.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2015 – we have achieved so much over the years, from humble beginnings with a few people working on allotments, to operating 3 large sites with over 16 acres of land and offering 300+ trainee places a week. View our annual report to find out more.