Archive for the ‘Social Enterprise’ Category
WinterWillow prodution team have just relocated to new premises in Cambridge.
We are just south of the Newmarket Road, on the Barnwell Business Park.
Winter Willow, Part of WinterComfort, Unit 21, Barnwell Business Park,
Off Barnwell Drive, Cambridge, CB5 8UZ
Travelling into the city down Newmarket Road? Just past the City Airport – find us down the A1134.
(Truck image: Alan_Cook_Removals Ltd: geograph.org.uk)
WinterWillow, part of Wintercomfort for the Homeless, is pleased to announce relocation from Overstream House to 44 Newnham Road, Cambridge.
Due to the success in the sales of the beautiful WinterWillow eco-coffin and additional employment opportunities given to Wintercomfort service users.
WinterWillow was set up by Wintercomfort for the homeless in 2009, an eco-business that crafts coffins woven from sustainable willow. It is also a social business that provides training, development and employment for those individuals who are homeless and who require support to get back into work to increased autonomy, well being, occupation, employment and independent living.
Any future profit made by the business will contribute to the delivery of our welfare services reducing our reliance on grants and donations.
You can currently see a very nice article about WinterWillow on the Home & Garden online pages of Cambridge-news.co.uk
Written by Emma Higginbotham, the piece illustrates the history and background to the formation of WinterWillow as a craft based social enterprise.
It is also an opportunity to highlight the ‘green’ credentials of WinterWillow and to show the care and craft that the WinterWillow team put into the creation of their woven willow eco-coffins.
You can visit our own web pages here.
WinterWillow - the woven English willow eco-coffin.
Image: Rob Janko of the WinterWillow team
We are holding a Green Burial Awareness Day on Saturday 19th November 2011. See more on our awareness page here.
There will be a wide choice of information , advice and practical sessions on the ‘green’ burial movement – all held between 11.00am and 3.00pm at Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Ground, Barton, Cambridgeshire, CB23 7BN.
You can see the burial ground on the map with the link below.
We hope you will let us know if you can attend, we have funeral directors, craftsmen and women, as well as bereavement care specialists and humanist celebrants in attendance.
Come along and find out more, in a practical and supportive environment.
Contact Tracy at WinterWillow on 01223 518140 or use the contact us page on our main WinterWillow web site to reserve your place at this fascinating event.
The WinterWillow team…
We have just designed and published a new WinterWillow eco-coffin pamphlet.
Simple, with some really great images as illustrations of our craft persons work.
Visit our WinterWillow home page to download and view your copy in pdf format.
WinterWillow team – helping you make the right choice for you…
We have created an images page on the main WinterWillow web site, where you can view and download pictures of our work and team members.
You can download higher resolution images of our products and people. So that if you are blogging or compiling a news article about WinterWillow, then please feel free to download and use our resources.
The WinterWillow team…
We are out and about in the next few months with our coffins.
WinterWillow are delighted to have now confirmed attendance at the following coffin related events.
10-12 June 2011 National Funeral Exhibition – Warwickshire http://www.nationalfuneralexhibition.co.uk/
22 June 2011 – The Arbory Trust – Open Day at Barton Natural Burial Ground http://www.arborytrust.org/index.html
9 & 10 July 2011 – London Funeral Exhibition (incorporating the ‘Handled with Care’ Coffin Exhibition – Epping Burial Ground http://www.londonfuneralexhibition.co.uk
24 September 2011 – Bennetts Funeral Home Open Day, Brentwood, Essex http://www.bennettsfunerals.co.uk/areabennetts-funeral-directors
For regular updates on the exhibitions and shows we are attending why not bookmark our WinterWillow events page – you can find it here.
Thanks for visiting us – The WinterWillow team
The Charities Aid Foundation have just launched a new web service that enables site visitors to map and explore the activities of over 160,000 charities.
This free web resource lets you filter your search requirements by any of 17 variables, you can create lists and download them and see historical change in the UK charitable sector over time.
There is a blog and you can contact CAF with questions and queries from the site.
This is an invaluable resource, both for researching other charities in your geographical area for example, but also providing data for the contextual analysis of your own charity – ideal for funder or boards of management reporting.
Have a look at Charity Trends from CAF and let us know what you think.
Graham Seed the actor who played Nigel Pargetter in The Archers for nearly thirty years is coming to Cambridge.
Guests can buy tickets to the event and hear Graham’s observations on the contentious story line which saw his departure form this iconic programme after such a long time.
Our parent charity will receive the profits from the event – in order to support the work of WinterComfort for the Homeless.
It is fitting that the event will raise money for WinterComfort – as WinterWillow, one of our social enterprises, makes English woven willow coffins and it it was Nigel Pargetta’s last wish to be buried in a woven eco-coffin.
The event will be held at The Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge, between 6.00 and 8.00pm on the 13th April 2011.
You can purchase tickets on the night for £12 or from WinterComfort ahead of the event for only £10.
Contact WinterComfort on 01223 518140 or email email@example.com for more information. Your WinterWillow contact is Tracy O’leary.
Do book early for this sure to be popular event…and support a great cause too, to help tackle homelessness in our community.
You can find details of Nigel Pargetter on the The Archers character page here.
A fuller press release about the event and it’s organisers can be found on the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.
See you at The Law Faculty for this exciting evening of lively reminiscence!
We are in the throes of creating the next generation of our WinterWillow web site.
The design brief was to make the space lighter, more readable, with a better use of visuals and to simplify the navigation.
A short brief that, like all simple statements, includes some complexity in delivery. However, a new version has been posted to our servers and please feel free to comment on the birth of this new willow creation.
There will be more changes in the weeks to come as we refine the content and develop our collaborative ideas on coffin marketing and our basketry business.
Watch the willow…