Partners

"The {Pericles} volunteers bring their own unique contribution to our project and we really appreciate everything they do."

As an organisation we have formed a number of important long-standing partnering relationships with companion organisations in the local community, including local authorities, social workers and care professionals.

We are always interested to explore new opportunities for reciprocal partnerships which will provide benefits for our students and the wider community within an appropriate context.

Our partnerships are built around quality, purposeful occupation and pathways to work for the participants.

 

Farm Partners

Pericles has outreach projects at two local organic and Biodynamic farms, where the teams learn a number of woodland crafts, as well as managing a small woodland and helping on the farms.

The Potato Harvest at Tablehurst

It is our aim to develop and expand the project in collaboration with Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Farms, with the following objectives:

 

Educational: To create an ongoing programme of activities based on woodland management and to train participants in related skills with help from visiting experts in the field. This will include activities such as coppicing, charcoal burning and woodland crafts, in addition to taught input on natural heritage, local history and traditions.

 

Production based activities: To supply logs and charcoal locally. This will involve developing and expanding a small network of customers who we already supply.To supply Pericles with coppice and other wood products for use in the craft workshops.To develop the capacity to produce other woodland related products.

 

Farm support: To assist with and learn skills from participation in farm related activities such as harvesting, hedge laying and animal husbandry.

 

Environmental: To initiate and maintain ecologically sustainable activities and resources such as rural craft skills and products, tool recycling, environmentally aware work and storage structures using on site materials, and a wood fired pottery kiln.

 

Community: To integrate project participants into the local community through their participation in community oriented activities.To support the local community through the provision of useful services. To provide employment for local woodcraft and forestry experts. To encourage and support the continuation of rural skills and knowledge.

 

Wood Skills Partnership

We also have partnership with the Mid-Sussex Wood Recycling Project where participants learn woodcraft skills and make saleable items with the reusable wood and timber at the yard.

Pericles community - connecting for everyone

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Testimonials

“We provide meaningful work activities, processing timber (de-nailing) and breaking down timbers and pallets for the re-use of perfectly good timber. Our workspace also means that Pericles volunteers are able to work on their own range of products, furniture and kindling for retail sale which provides a source of revenue for the Pericles organisation. We have setup a Grow Project at our yard to enable the Pericles volunteers to get involved in the sowing, growing and eating of fresh healthy vegetables during the year, with Strawberries being the favoured crop.”

David Treadwell, Founder of Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project

 

“Tablehurst Farm is a community-owned farm housing several enterprises, including a small residential care home for three adults with learning disabilities.  This is just one of many reasons why we are very pleased to work in partnership with Pericles and in particular to offer space on the farm for the Pericles Roundhouse. To see the Pericles people carrying out a programme of meaningful and creative working with wood here on the farm is very rewarding, and we are also delighted to sell some of the Pericles wood products through our farm shop.”

Jeremy Smith, Registered Manager of Tablehurst Farm care home

 

“We have just completed the fourth year of the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival and we are now busily planning for next year which will again take place over the first May Bank Holiday weekend. The Pericles Theatre Company has been with us from the start,in 2016 and 2017 with a single performance and then we agreed two performances in 2018 and 2019 to satisfy demand!The performers all display a real enthusiasm for their roles which transfers readily to the audience and certainly enjoyed by all ages.For this year’s two performances of The Little Mermaid we had a record attendance including a significant number of adults.”

Mark Streatfield, Chairman of the Trustees Chiddingstone Castle

 

“I would say that Pericles work well with all customers to provide a really personalised service.  They have a range of innovative and interesting activities on offer including art and drama opportunities. 

 They have a lovely rural setting where customers have a chance to be close to the natural world.  They encourage people to eat a nutritious and wholesome diet while at the service and there are opportunities for customers to eat and work in their own café.

 Pericles have a caring family feel atmosphere, and customers appear happy and relaxed in their friendly surroundings.”

Senior Social worker, West Sussex area