What we do

Green Acres Rural  Enterprises is a community interest company, established in 2012, which provides informal educational opportunities to primary and secondary school children, and their families and offers continued professional development (CPD) to teachers.  

The provision is based on the themes of growing, preparing and marketing food products, physical exercise in the countryside and the development of useful rural skills which  will be of benefit to the younger generation throughout their daily life both now and in the future.

Our team has experience of primary teaching, working with secondary aged students including work related learning for 14-16 year olds, mentoring students and working with families in the community. We also have a wealth of experience in running small businesses and growing and cooking our own food.

Learning is provided within schools either in school hours or as part of an after school club. For students of secondary school age who are in need of a more practical education, which cannot be provided through the normal classroom  Rural Enterprises CIC offers one day per week at the centre.

Located at Green Acres Farm in Staverton the CIC is surrounded by the wide open spaces of Northamptonshire countryside yet close to the towns of Daventry, Northampton, Leamington and Banbury.

Working in partnership with local businesses we also facilitate students gaining experience in the workplace and offer them the opportunity to develop a portfolio of evidence and certificates to take with them to their future apprenticeships or employment.

Rural Enterprises CIC believes that by working with children from a young age, families will benefit from an improved lifestyle and that the long term gain for the local community will be to have families where the younger generation are confident about their abilities to lead a healthy lifestyle and are ready to take their place in society and the world of work.

In order to achieve our vision, we cannot work alone and so have adopted a co-operative approach to our social enterprise. By working with other agencies and organisations, sharing best practice and resources, we believe that the aims stated above can be achieved and will have a significant social and economic impact on the local community. 

Our Team

 

Rural Enterprises Community Interest Company was created by three partners, Heather, Ellie and Deb, who believe that, in order to create healthier, stronger families with a work ethic, education has to be a much wider provision than that which is offered entirely in schools.

Heather Wilson has worked with secondary schools for the past ten years, focusing on alternative education styles and curricula for those who are not achieving through the formal classroom. 

Heather has a working and life history in the agricultural and catering industry  and has a keen interest in food and nutrition which began at school and gained a practical knowledge of cooking for a family while raising her family of four.  Whilst running a catering business for twenty years she catered for weddings, buffets, shooting parties and on one occasion even royalty! She is also the Green Acres Rural Enterprise Centre manager.

Ellie Wilson is a primary school teacher, whose first experience was on a city estate in Newcastle, where poverty, under achievement and unemployment were the norm. She believes that economic capability is the way out of poverty and that we must give primary aged children a sound basis of being able to read, write and do basic maths long before they enter the secondary level.

Deb Barton is a learning mentor who is responsible for working with families in order to resolve the issues that create social and emotional barriers, preventing young people from being happy and successful at school.

Working in Partnership

Rural Enterprises recognises that we do not have all the answers, so we have formed our social enterprise as a co-operative, where we work alongside other local partners. We have a steering group with representatives form other local agencies. It is chaired by Clive Brown, who is also chair of Citizen's Advice, Daventry.

Rural Enterprises CIC also works closely with the following organisations:

Youth and Community Development Services: a specialist organisation which offers personal development courses for young people.

Stablemates: Animal assisted therapy which makes use of the fact that animals help us to reconnect with our true instincts. The therapy helps deal with everything from anger management to people suffering from depression, anxiety or bereavement. Results show an increase in confidence, self esteem and positive thinking.