User-led gardening services enterprise restarts life as a CIC

At iSE’s Social Enterprise Day event yesterday I bumped into Ian Wells, an old friend from work I have been involved in with Birmingham Chamber.

Ian is now the co-ordinator for Cherry Orchard Gardening Services — COGS.

COGS is a training and support opportunity run for and by people with a Learning Disability where they are assisted to become gardeners with an employable skill. Once their skills have developed through training the Gardeners join the Service Provision Team maintaining gardens for elderly residents under contract to a local charity.

COGS operates in Burntwood and Lichfield, Staffordshire, but since its relaunch as an independent, trading Community Interest Company earlier this year — it was previously part of Staffordshire Day Services — the enterprise is actively looking to extend its client base and markets.

Maybe COGS can help you? Perhaps you have clients with Personal Budgets who are looking for such an opportunity? Or maybe you live in the vicinity and are looking for gardening services?

You can contact Ian Wells on 01543-676443 or by email at cogsgardening <at> btconnect <dot> com.

Get in touch. Maybe there are opportunities to work together  — or maybe you’d just like to understand more about the COGS concept and how it works.

You can download COGS’ brochure here.


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