Growing opportunities …
The Horticulture Industry Scheme CIC – THIS – is a non profit, social enterprise funded by the European Social Fund. We are based in Thetford and work with those who have had contact with the judicial system. We carefully grow, and harvest, high quality salad leaves, interesting seasonal vegetables and delicate edible flowers to supply local high-end restaurants, whose chefs and customers appreciate the freshness and mouth watering flavours we have to offer.
We are also now harvesting honey from our new beehives! Watch this space for exciting news!
THIS is dedicated to giving former offenders valuable training and employment opportunities. We offer support to our participants in all the areas that could affect their ability to maintain a job, referring to other organisations if needed. This might include:-
- Housing advice
- Education in literacy and numeracy
- Substance misuse
- Financial difficulties and family relationships
THIS aims to improve each individual’s chances of finding work by providing opportunities to contribute to their local community and demonstrate to the workforce, their families and society that past mistakes do not have to seal their futures. Our vision is that ex-offenders will find a place they can contribute and feel safe in society.
Horticulture has long been associated with personal growth and well being. It is our belief that growth is a steady process that takes dedication: the satisfaction of sowing, nurturing and harvesting produce which then tastes spectacular is immeasurable. There is also the reward of growing something wholesome and natural that other people want to buy.
“Thanks to the opportunity I have received, I am aware that I am able to return to work”
“I have enjoyed everything about THIS. I was in a dark place, but working with THIS has brought me out of my shell and motivated me. I enjoy working and it’s nice to feel part of a team”
Some facts and figures…
97% of prisoners say they want to stop offending. When asked what would be important in stopping them, most said a job (68%) and a place to live (60%). (Ministry of Justice 2010 Compendium of Re-offending Statistics).
“Ex-offenders who have a job are between 30% and 50% less likely to re-offend. 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).
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