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WE ARE HERE TO CREATE COMMUNITY

Our Story

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WE SUPPORT VULNERABLE ADULTS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IN RETURN SUPPORT LOCAL MAKERS AND ARTISTS.

Based in Plymouth, The Greenhouse Community Project (GCP) is an independent UK based (CIC) for people and families affected by the hardships that lead to social exclusion, especially homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, long term unemployment, interim care, domestic abuse. 
 

Before the Greenhouse Community Project began, our story began through a church ministry cafe in Plymouth, UK. Fiona (one of the founding directors) was working as Building Operations Manager, launching an internship within the church and a weekly recovery group. This need grew larger and so it was proposed that she take over the old care taking house of the church, which was derelict, to create a safe environment for those with addictions and who were homelessness: rebuilding a home for anyone to be welcomed in. This house became a hub for people being welcomed into a home for a cup of tea and a chat, whilst some were invited to live there whilst they went through a process to detox from their addiction. Living as a family. This was messy at times but provided a home full of love, where others are put first and life was lived together. In 2014, The Greenhouse Community Project was created and over the years we had ran 4 houses for people to live in community. Overall, we helped over 100+ people through recovery and post recovery in rebuilding their lives. 
 

In 2019, the Greenhouse Community Project (GCP) obtained a shop on Mutley plain, which is named the Greenspace. This shop aims to be a local community hub which supports vulnerable adults in our community providing them workshops to learn new skills and volunteering in the shop to encourage them back into employment. The shop also supports local makers and artists selling their work and providing spaces for workshops, this has varied over the years from art therapy sessions, counselling groups, craft workshops etc. Over the four years of the shop we have helped an additional 40-50 people. 
 

At GCP we are committed to seeing woman group in both self-worth and self-esteem, to show that their lives are important and that they are worth far more than they think sometimes. 

Over the past few years we have supported an increase of women through our project. originally GCP supported a 50/50 balance of gender in its initial years but the need over time and collaboration with other organisations has changed our demographic support 70% being supported in our project are women. 

We want to continue to provide and create more courses, groups and collaboration with others, working towards empowering woman to help them overcome issues with self-worth trauma and other areas like substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence abuse. 

In January 2022, we set up a trial weekly cooking class to teach new skills, provide community and provide equipment such as slow cookers for women to take home. This is currently being based at Mutley Baptist Church which has been successful but we are limited in how much we can provide at an external place. 
 

WHAT'S NEXT?

Beginning of 2024 we've obtained the upstairs of the shop and are now transforming it into a kitchen for cooking classes, counselling rooms and more art workshops. 

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Making a Necklace

Our Team

FIONA SPICER

Director

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