The Ways & Means Trust Limited
Who we are
The Charity works with approximately 60 adults each week who have learning, physical or mental health disabilities. It provides training, socialisation and work experience opportunities in a friendly person-centred setting to help them to lead rewarding lives, realise their potential and to build their confidence. It engages with community groups and employers to educate on disability and to value inclusion and independence.
It has been operating since 1968 and aims to be self-sufficient – the trainee (beneficiary) income, together with some small commercial income and local fundraising broadly covers its outgoings from year-to-year. It receives no government grants and all donated money is used wholly within the Charity to maintain the service to its beneficiaries.
The Charity has two sites in Rotherfield Peppard; Greenshoots, a 5-acre gardening & plant nursery, and Unit 26, a workshop for light commercial packaging (collation, re-packaging, shrink-wrapping and fulfilment), plus a small sewing area for making our own goods, sold under the Caverill name. There is also a large kitchen and canteen operation, which has good disability access and provides many of the cakes sold at the Tea Kiosk in Caversham Court Gardens.
The Charity’s aim is to support each individual to achieve their aspirations, whilst offering them opportunities to develop their life skills. The catering facilities not only ensure they receive a healthy lunch (which we heavily subside), but also help them to improve their own cooking skills and, at Greenshoots, they grow many fruits and vegetables to learn how produce grows, when to harvest it and how to use it to make delicious meals and treats. By supporting them in their goals and to gain self-esteem, the Charity enables them to participate more in their communities.