ness for people recovering from mental health problems
Solstice operates a horticultural nursery on the outskirts of Aberdeen and is nurturing a range of plants for a variety of local markets. The site has been developed rapidly in the second half of 2005 and further developments are planned in the next few months.
Solstice also has teams who provide gardening maintenance services for several organisations in Aberdeen.
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People with Mental Health problems work in the project. They are mainly recruited through the Employment Support Team operated by Momentum, which deals with recruitment across the entire spectrum of mental health social enterprises in Aberdeen. In addition, Solstice will advertise its vacancies direct to local voluntary groups, who operate with mental health service users.
Solstice, as a social enterprise and then social firm, has been in existence for some years. It was previously part of Unicorn Enterprises, a sheltered workshop complex providing training and work opportunities for people recovering from mental health problems in Aberdeen, run by Grampian Primary Care NHS Trust. In the late 1990ís, Unicorn began a long process of restructuring and re-provisioning its services, involving reallocation of the site and relocating mental health service users into a local network of social enterprises and social firms.
Solstice was created by mental health service users working within Unicorn, and training instructors, who saw the opportunity as part of this restructuring to create real employment in a community setting, which would be of substantial therapeutic benefit to people recovering from mental illness.
The aim of Solstice had always been to set up as a social firm with two aspects to it: a wholesale nursery growing on plants for sale to local nurseries and garden centres, and a garden maintenance service.
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Drumduan Walled Garden,
South Deeside Road,
Banchory Devenick, Kincardineshire.
Tel:+44 1224 865907
A company limited by Guarantee SC 276139 Incorporated in Scotland on 17th November 2004
Updated 3 October 2005. © Solstice Nurseries