Location: Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire

Beneficiaries: People living with long term mental health problems and/or learning difficulties; raising awareness of the benefits of organic growing; promoting British seasonal flowers

About Organic Blooms

Organic Blooms was set up in 2006 to grow seasonal cut flowers in an ethical way and to supply expert floristry for the South West weddings and events market. The business has developed to include a range of floristry and horticulture courses and an online shop selling bouquets and a range of other products. Organic Blooms uses the business to train and support disadvantaged local adults in a real work environment. Organic Blooms trainees gain City & Guilds horticulture qualifications and develop confidence, social skills and a range of transferable workplace skills.

The business trains and supports people disadvantaged by mental health conditions and learning difficulties who find it hard to access paid employment. People are referred to Organic Blooms through health and social care services; each trainee stays for at least two years, giving them the best opportunity to manage and maintain their wellbeing and to develop and cement their skills and confidence. When they are ready the team supports trainees to seek paid work and some join the Organic Blooms team of employees. Organic Blooms also promotes British seasonal cut flowers and the benefits of organic growing.