Rhubarb Farm CIC
Rhubarb farm works to improve the lives of people with multiple and complex needs, many of whom have either never been in the workplace, or have been out of it a long while. These include ex-offenders, substance mis-users, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues. We wish to provide support to work towards employment.
- To build the confidence of the people who take micro jobs. Many have zero self-esteem, and think they are not capable or skilled enough to be recognised as having any value. A job however small will boost confidence, self-worth and develop skills.
- To provide an employment record and opportunity for a reference on their CV's. Most have no record of employment and no references which starts them off at the point of disadvantage. Micro jobs can ease them into employment with tailored support.
- To progress 8 people with long-term needs with very poor or no employment record into long term employment through a supported small steps process. Supported by Rhubarb farm workers to build motivation, work discipline, and transferable skills.
How we will achieve our goals
Rhubarb farm has over 50 people a week with long term needs coming onto site for support and to improve their lives. At least half of them are now currently suitable for a micro job, and would dearly love one. Rhubarb farm will select candidates, administer the jobs, and provide supervision and support as part of its ongoing programmes.
Where the money will go
The micro jobs will have a ripple effect in the pond of the local community. Family, friends and neighbours will benefit as the person gains confidence and new skills. People who may have previously caused a nuisance or committed crime will slowly become stable members of the community also benefiting police and public authority resources.