#buysocial: Realise Futures
What does your social enterprise sell?
Realise Futures is an Enterprise which covers 6 areas:
- Growing Places, Claydon, Ipswich - veg box delivery round
- Nowton Park Nursery, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - garden centre, selling plants and shrubs.
- Eco Furniture, Whitehouse Site, Lovetofts Drive, Ipswich - manufactures outdoor recycled plastic furniture
- St Lawrence Café, Dial Lane, Ipswich - café in a church setting
- RF Fulfilment - Packing services for businesses - Whitehouse Site, Lovetofts Drive, Ipswich
- Poppy's Pantry - Melton, Woodbridge - wholefood shop and community cafe
How can members of the public/businesses buy it?
Depending on the business they wish to use.
Poppy's Pantry wholefood shop is open to the public Monday to Saturday. 01394 389599
Growing Places: you can visit www.growingplacessuffolk.co.uk 01473 831224
Nowton Park Nursery - open to the public Monday to Friday 01284 749030
Eco Furniture - www.realisefutures.org/shop buy online or phone 01473 242527
St Lawrence Café - Dial Lane, Ipswich town centre, Suffolk - Open Monday to Saturday
RF Fulfilment - contact 01473 242500 Realise Futures HQ, Whitehouse Site, Lovetofts Drive, Ipswich
Why should people try to #buysocial? What impact do your customers make?
Our customers help us to continue supporting local disabled people into paid work, or provide independent living skills for wellbeing placements. See our video (sent yesterday) plus case studies to go with this.
Why did you start your social enterprise/what motivates you and/or your team?
Motivation for the team is the progression an individual makes when spending time at any of our businesses. Some of our wellbeing customers progress into paid work with other businesses in our community if not within our own enterprises.
What does 'success' look like for your social enterprise?
Success is ensuring that each individual accessing our services gets the chance to progress in work, learning and life and that any support they have is person centred to their ability. Success is also making a profit from the commercially so that we can continue to create more jobs and opportunities for those with disabilities and/or disadvantages.
What's been the most rewarding experience running your social enterprise?
The most rewarding experience is the difference we make to peoples' lives in our communities across Suffolk and Essex. Being able to successfully run as a 'hybrid' company - mixing public sector services with commercial businesses.
Contact details Tel: 01473 242500
Web address www.realisefutures.org