New Roots mean New Opportunities

The Briardale Community Centre are please to announce the launch of the New Roots Project!


New Roots is a brand new initiative aimed at getting the best out of people who have found it hard to get back into employment. Ex-offenders, long term unemployed or those who want a new direction in life will be able to learn practical skills and theoretical knowledge on setting up their own enterprises. The project encompasses the activities already established at the centre including the allotment garden, woodshed and training opportunities.

Market Garden

The Market Garden will allow local residents the opportunity to visit the New Roots shop and pick their own fresh Vegetables and Fruit! The Briardale makes it quite plain that no artificial insecticides or chemicals are used at all during the growing season to ensure that all food is safe and consumable at the point of picking (after a wash of course!).


Briardale Allotment

Briardale Allotment



The Woodshed will offer competitively priced garden planters and furniture made using a mix of new and recycled wood. These planter have proved successful under the There’s Something in the Woodshed project and New Roots is the perfect opportunity to allow this project to continue. There will also be an additional service provided by the woodshed, however details of this are still being clarified, keep checking the blog for the official announcement!


Large Trellised Planter

Large Trellised Planter

Social Enterprise Training

Everyone who is enrolled onto New Roots will be offered the opportunity to take a Social Enterprise qualification. Each course will educate participants on the best practices needed to set up their own businesses and become self sufficient in their working life. Details of the courses will be released soon.


Briardale Community Center IT room

New Roots Shop

Participants will learn in a Training Shop specifically built for this project in the grounds of the Briardale Community Centre will provide practical experience to compliment the theoretical knowledge gained. Students will be based in the New Roots Shop through the summer.


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