Poppy's Pantry celebrates a decade of serving the community
The 10th Birthday celebration of Woodbridge wholefood and eco specialist Poppy's Pantry, winner of the 2018 Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards for People Development, took place today Friday.
The excited team served up helpings of vegan, gluten-free and full fat birthday cake on Friday 2nd November.
The party was fundraiser with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion and Suffolk Punch Trust.
This is a special occasion for Poppy's whose social mission is to help and support those furthest from the workforce to progress and achieve. It specialises in employment opportunities for people with disabilities and/or disadvantages.
Manager Lisa Mann said: "We have 37 people in the team, including 11 full and part time supervisors, and we all very excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary. The business has grown and expanded over the years, enabling it to offer more work-based opportunities for adults with disabilities.
"Because we specialise in ethically-sourced products, such as Fairtrade, and have an extensive range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dietary products which are hard to find elsewhere, we have built up have a loyal and devoted customer following which is fantastic."
She added: "We decided to make the party an opportunity to raise money for good causes, so we are linking it in with the Peninsula 2018 Poppy Project commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One, which is a collaboration with the Royal British Legion and The Suffolk Punch Trust.
"We are selling knitted poppies, and a lady has lent us an old kit bag from someone who served in the Great War for our window display.
See Poppy's team video here:
The business gives people the experience of working in a shop - as well as Poppy's pop-up café at St Mary's in Woodbridge on Tuesday mornings - and people develop a wide range of skills such as following instructions, listening, colour and shape recognition, problem-solving, communication and teamwork, kitchen and food hygiene skills, and customer service.
Poppy's is one of six Suffolk businesses run by Ipswich-based social enterprise Realise Futures.
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