The Horticulture Industry Scheme CIC – THIS – is a social enterprise, working with those who have had contact with the judicial system. We grow top quality salad leaves, interesting vegetables and edible flowers. We sell the produce to local high quality restaurants.
THIS is about giving offenders and ex-offenders training and employment opportunities. The support we offer our workforce includes housing advice, training, education in literacy and numeracy (where necessary), substance misuse, financial difficulties and family relationships. We refer our workforce to the most appropriate agency to deliver any specialised advice and support that is needed.
THIS will improve individuals’ opportunities to work, contribute to community and demonstrate to the workforce, their families and society that past mistakes do not have to seal future failures. Our vision is that ex-offenders will participate and contribute fully in society. We encourage:-
- Supporting one another
Some facts and figures
“Ex-offenders who have a job are between 30% and 50% less likely to reoffend. If there is in-work support and encouragement, these figures can be improved further” (Kevin Maton, Ministry of Justice, June 2012).
Only 12% of employers surveyed said that they had employed somebody with a criminal record in the past three years (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 2010).
Horticulture has long been associated with personal growth and well being. The satisfaction of sowing, nurturing and harvesting something which then tastes spectacular and is healthy is immeasurable. There is also the reward of growing something wholesome that other people want to buy.
As well as growing traditionally in soil and polytunnels we will soon be growing with an innovative vertically growing system, designed and supplied by Aponic Ltd.
We want our workforce to feel that THIS is the best place they have ever worked.
Limited by Guarantee, registered in England & Wales; Company Number 9626518; registered office 74 Chelmsford Road, London, E18 2PP