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User groups: Disabled people, Mental health service users and survivors, People who self-harm, People with learning difficulties or disabilities, People with long-term health conditions

Region: South/South East

The Ways & Means Trust Ltd is a charity helping adults with learning or physical disabilities, or poor mental health. We provide social and practical skills for independent living, and training, education and work experience to enhance lives. A registered charity formed some 45 years ago, specifically to provide rehabilitation and training for adults with recurring mental ill health or with a learning disability. The Charity’s aim is to provide a safe environment where people are able to build or rebuild their skills, confidence and, where possible, move into full employment. The Charity started in a building loaned from the then Reading based company, Huntley and Palmer, before moving to Caversham, with the support of Courage Brewery, then also based in Reading. In June 2014 the Charity's Caversham site, housing the warehouse, Greenboro, Caverill and the canteen, relocated to Manor Farm, Rotherfield Peppard. So now the five areas of the Charity are on one site. (at last!) The five areas of the Charity are: A light commercial packing and repackaging operation which offers contract packing, e.g., shrink-wrapping, collation, hand finishing, assembling point-of-sale displays and packing products for retail sales. A canteen operation which has a mixture of domestic and commercial catering equipment. Allows learning of skills for independent living and gives experience for catering employment opportunities. Caverill is a small ‘own product’ operation, e.g., microwaveable oat filled heat packs, which take the place of the traditional hot water bottles and are safer to use. Caverill has recently expanded to include bespoke soft furnishing design projects for customers. Greenboro is the trading name for the Charity’s contract cleaning and garden maintenance company, which operates within a 20 mile radius of Reading. Greenshoots, the Charity’s horticultural therapy unit is situated in Rotherfield Peppard, near Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, set in a five-acre plot, on the edge of the beautiful Chiltern countryside.
01491 628933
Greenshoots, Manor Farm, Rotherfield Peppard, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 5LA