Sunderland Home Grown CIC is a social enterprise trading as a Garden Centre which provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems by creating training and employment opportunities as well as promoting social and therapeutic horticulture.
Sunderland Home Grown is female led and has a strong commitment to the community. From the start the organisation has put the local needs at the forefront which has helped the organisation gain over 101 formal members and 408 supporters. The new funding will help Sunderland Home Grown develop a second site for its for its current operations.
Its mission is to empower and create meaningful opportunities for people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential in life. As well as helping to break down the stigma and discrimination faced by people with physical and learning disabilities.
Adult learners on site go through a structured learning programme based around horticulture activities and are supported by health mentors. The focus is on practical and emotional support which enables participants to access further opportunities to enrich their lives.
Currently, Sunderland Home Grown is supporting 63 young people with Learning Disabilities to achieve their certification in horticulture, as well as helping 11 young people with Learning Disabilities gain employment within the wider Horticultural and Retail sector.