Thistles Market Garden Ltd   Sutterton, Lincolnshire, UK
www.ThistlesMarketGarden.net
Thistles Market Garden is a venue for adults with a learning disability that provides daily purposeful activities in horticulture, in order to encourage skills and development and to promote social inclusion and self-esteem. Thistles is based on an acre of land, 8 miles south of the market town of Boston, situated just on the outskirts of the pretty village of Sutterton. The village is served by a regular bus service from both Boston and Spalding. Thistles was first established in 2002 under the umbrella of Lincolnshire County Council and Social Services. Thistles has been operating as an independent co- operative social enterprise since 2015. Manager Liz Judge, has been involved at Thistles for more than 15 years and is supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers including a Board of Trustees. At Thistles we aim to cater to everyone’s individuality. The group that we support are able to work within their own ability and are encouraged to develop their skills through the various activities that we do. All of our work related activities are thoroughly risk assessed considering all aspects of health and safety and the abilities of the individual. We aim to protect everyone against hazards without restricting their opportunities. In order to achieve this aim we adhere to certain stand- ards such as maintaining up to date training and following and regularly reviewing policies that are in place. One way that we strive to provide the group at Thistles with the best possible service is by means of person cen- tred planning. Through the use of effective communication, the people that we support have ownership over how their social care is delivered. As well as holding yearly reviews, we also have regular meetings with the group to encourage them to express their opinion on the day-to-day running of the market garden and to involve them in decision making.
Achieving Positive Outcomes 1. We use horticulture as a therapy and tool for learning Improves physical health Gaining skills and knowledge in horticulture. Purposeful work-related experience Having fun and feeling secure. 2. The people that we support have active involvement in the running of the market garden. Sense of responsibility and belonging Social inclusion Communication skills Involved in decision making and a sense that their input is valued Promotes independence and self-confidence Managed risk taking 3. Person centred planning Access to Voiceability (advocacy service) Gives the people that we support control of their lives Promotes empowerment 4. Workers’ Education Association (WEA) Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills Encourages the people that we support to express their aspirations Increased self-worth 5. Boston College Friendship networking Social interaction Teamwork 6. Boston in Bloom Integrating with the local community Feeling of acknowledgment Experiencing being a part of a high profile and professional event 7. Lincolnshire Police Partnership working & funding support
Facilities at Thistles Classroom with disabled access 2 Polytunnels Kitchen Glasshouses Personal Lockers Raised Beds Disabled Toilets Container storing tools Patio Eating Area Community Orchard Car Parking Office
Activities at Thistles People who attend Thistles are taught how to sow seeds, prick out seedlings and plant out. They learn about the different varieties and germination times of plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables and how to harvest crops. This teaching is done through both hands on practical work related experience (on the land and in the poly tunnels) and learning in a laid back classroom environment. It is arranged that the group are given the opportunity to be supported on a trip into the town centre, where they are able to select the seeds that they wish to grow at Thistles. All of the people that we support play a part in the running of the market garden which enhances the concept of team work. Everyone has the opportunity to not only grow, but to prepare and sell the produce from seed to sale. This entails preparing bedding plants and hanging baskets and meeting and greeting the local public who come in to buy the produce grown by the people that we support.
Development - Since 2015, additional and improved facilities have included: A further poly tunnel Thistles own mini bus A new building which includes an office, kitchen and toilets, incorporating a sponsored modern eco heating and lighting system.
© Thistles Market Garden Ltd 2019
About Thistles
Thistles Market Garden Ltd   Sutterton, Lincolnshire, UK
Thistles Market Garden is a venue for adults with a learning disability that provides daily purposeful activities in horticulture, in order to encourage skills and development and to promote social inclusion and self-esteem. Thistles is based on an acre of land, 8 miles south of the market town of Boston, situated just on the outskirts of the pretty village of Sutterton. The village is served by a regular bus service from both Boston and Spalding. Thistles was first established in 2002 under the umbrella of Lincolnshire County Council and Social Services. Thistles has been operating as an independent co- operative social enterprise since 2015. Manager Liz Judge, has been involved at Thistles for more than 15 years and is supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers including a Board of Trustees. At Thistles we aim to cater to everyone’s individuality. The group that we support are able to work within their own ability and are encouraged to develop their skills through the various activities that we do. All of our work related activities are thoroughly risk assessed considering all aspects of health and safety and the abilities of the individual. We aim to protect everyone against hazards without restricting their opportunities. In order to achieve this aim we adhere to certain standards such as maintaining up to date training and following and regularly reviewing policies that are in place. One way that we strive to provide the group at Thistles with the best possible service is by means of person cen-tred planning. Through the use of effective communication, the people that we support have ownership over how their social care is delivered. As well as holding yearly reviews, we also have regular meetings with the group to encourage them to express their opinion on the day-to-day running of the market garden and to involve them in decision making.
The Facilities at Thistles Classroom with disabled access 2 Polytunnels Kitchen Glasshouses Personal Lockers Raised Beds Disabled Toilets Container storing tools Patio Eating Area Community Orchard Car Parking Office
Achieving Positive Outcomes 1. We use horticulture as a therapy and tool for learning Improves physical health Gaining skills and knowledge in horticulture. Purposeful work-related experience Having fun and feeling secure. 2. The people that we support have active involvement in the running of the market garden. Sense of responsibility and belonging Social inclusion Communication skills Involved in decision making and a sense that their input is valued Promotes independence and self- confidence Managed risk taking 3. Person centred planning Access to Voiceability (advocacy service) Gives the people that we support control of their lives Promotes empowerment 4. Workers’ Education Association (WEA) Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills Encourages the people that we support to express their aspirations Increased self-worth 5. Boston College Friendship networking Social interaction Teamwork 6. Boston in Bloom Integrating with the local community Feeling of acknowledgment Experiencing being a part of a high profile and professional event 7. Lincolnshire Police Partnership working & funding support
Activities at Thistles People who attend Thistles are taught how to sow seeds, prick out seedlings and plant out. They learn about the different varieties and germination times of plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables and how to harvest crops. This teaching is done through both hands on practical work related experience (on the land and in the polytunnels) and learning in a laid back classroom environment. It is arranged that the group are given the opportunity to be supported on a trip into the town centre, where they are able to select the seeds that they wish to grow at Thistles. All of the people that we support play a part in the running of the market garden which enhances the concept of team work. Everyone has the opportunity to not only grow, but to prepare and sell the produce from seed to sale. This entails preparing bedding plants and hanging baskets and meeting and greeting the local public who come in to buy the produce grown by the people that we support.
Development - Since 2015, additional and improved facilities have included: A further poly tunnel Thistles own mini bus A new building which includes an office, kitchen and toilets, incorporating a sponsored modern eco heating and lighting system.
© Thistles Market Garden Ltd 2019
About Thistles