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Enterprise groups are part of The Grange’s innovative Skills For Life department. They offer a opportunity to learn valuable work-rlated skills in a safe and friendly environment.  Our current businesses are listed below but more are planned for the future.

Mug enterprise 

It all started with a cat! Our Creative Arts department set up a mug making mini business with the aim of printing mugs for  companies, clubs and organisations. But it soon became apparent that customers liked the designs created by people we support. Jack’s striking red cat mug was a best seller and the designs just keep on coming. We even made one bearing the coat of arms of our patron. HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

We’ve now bought two more mug presses to keep up with demand. Go to our online shop to see our full mug range. 

 

 

 

Grange Creations fudge enterprise 

Grange Creations is a mini fudge making enterprise. The team makes and sells fantastic fudge and all the profits go back into the business.

Team members are involved at every stage – researching new flavours, testing different packaging and pricing and stocktaking. The group sells at stalls and markets throughour online shop 

Very often when we hold a stall, we sell out. The most popular flavours are chocolate orange, rum and raisin, raspberry ripple and caramel.” Janice, fudge team member

‘Grange Creations is a social business not a commercial enterprise,’ explains tutor Rachel Casey. ‘The aim is for people to have the chance to use the skills they have learnt and feel a sense of achievement but without the pressure of a production line. We make a large batch once a month and sell it on stalls, at fetes and online.’

To order fudge contact rachel.casey@grangecentre.org.uk or Tel 01372 452 608

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Scones and cakes to go 

This busy little enterprise gives people hands-on experience – from taking orders, to baking and handling money.

The Catering Team take orders for scones, cakes and specially-iced celebration cakes  (anything from a drum to a Minion). They are famous locally for their scones served at our weekly cream tea room, ‘Simply Scones’. They also supply our Dorking cafe as well as a local community group, The Meeting Place.

‘Cooking with a purpose is much more fun,’ explains Catering Tutor, Maria Weston. ‘We also offer Monday and Thursday lunches for staff and people we support to buy.’  To order scones and cakes contact catering@grangecentre.org.uk or
Tel. 01372 452 60_

Book order fulfilment 

Picking, packing posting – these are the three main tasks for our Books Beyond Words team. They fulfil orders for the publishing company of the Books Beyond Words series. These powerful visual books have titles such as ‘Falling in Love’ and ‘Am I Going to Die?’ and help people with learning disabilities with the difficult issues of life.

They are very popular and each week the Enterprise Team receive new online orders which they process and fulfil. They invoice the publisher, also a social enterprise, for their work.

Recently the team took part in trialling a new book ‘Going to Church’ and attended its launch at Lambeth Palace.

About Books Beyond Words

The company was set up by Professor Sheila Hollins in 1989 as part of her work in the psychiatry of disability, helping people with learning disabilities understand their feelings. 

Reading groups and drama clubs have sprung up using the books as a basis. There are now 56 titles dealing with health, death in the family, going into hospital, etc. 

To order books see www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk

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