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Solstice is a user-led, up and coming social firm working in partnership with Grampian Housing Association.  The main aim of Solstice is to provide supported employment and training for people recovering from severe and enduring mental illness.  It provides varying levels of individual support to enable people to progress to open employment. 

Solstice provides a gardening service for Grampian Housing Properties.  This involves contract work for open space maintenance, assisted garden maintenance for less able tenants, as well as a private gardening service for the public.  Solstice intends to open a wholesale nursery in order to grow specialist plants and provide a supported, therapeutic workplace with training opportunities for members of the Solstice squad and for other groups.  Founder members have already achieved several qualifications including VQ level 2 in amenity horticulture.  Solstice aims to become a self sufficient social firm working in partnership with Grampian Housing to ensure a real service for its members and its customers.

Recently, Shell and Esso donated £5,000 to Solstice. The funding will help to realise their vision of creating a nursery site to supply plants to the wholesale market on a year round basis.

Solstice has been working in partnership with Grampian Housing Association since January 2004 and is contracted to provide open space maintenance in many of the association's housing developments in Aberdeen as well as being involved in the its assisted garden maintenance scheme for eligible tenants who are unable to look after their own gardens.

The team is also keen to expand its broad base of private customers to whom it provides general gardening services including grass cutting, weeding, pruning and digging.

Solstice provides full and part-time places for people recovering from health problems. The workers are encouraged to develop new skills and undertake social vocational qualifications as well as on-site training.

For further information, contact:
George Parkinson
Solstice Manager
Tel: 0786 6329264
Karen Smith
Grampian Housing Association
Tel: 01224 202946
Doug Duffus
Grampian Housing Association
Tel: 01224 202933

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210