Erlestoke House Farm Shop was established in 2012 by HMP Erlestoke to promote the rehabilitation of offenders and reduce the risk of re-offending upon release. The men can choose to work five and half hours a day, four and half days a week within three distinctly different divisions; Farms and Gardens, the Carpentry Workshop and the Guilty Pleasures Bakery.
Either utilising previous experience or to learn new skills, the men can gain multi-skills along with fully accredited NVQ qualifications through Weston College in Horticulture and Carpentry.
The profits from the farm shop are reinvested and used to buy further supplies, which ensures that the project is self funding. A proportion of the profits are also available for the men to apply, to a Board of Trustees, for projects and courses after release. Examples of approved funding include a full kit of building tools, a Waste Carrier’s Licence and specialist drill.
The farm shop also gives the men opportunities to showcase the fruit of their labours to family and friends when visiting. The Erlestoke House Farm Shop is a project all about positive outcomes for the men in HMP Erlestoke, while providing a unique outlet for fresh produce, eggs, cakes for all occasions, bespoke garden furniture and local crafts.
The project is additionally planning further expansion, currently fundraising has begun to open a coffee shop on the site. Further updates and information to follow. Anyone wishing to donate can do so by following the instructions on the Donate button below.
The farm shop is entirely run by volunteers. Therefore we are always on the look out for trustworthy, reliable and flexible volunteers. Come and join our friendly team with full access to a kettle and free wifi. The farm shop is fully accessible and we would welcome volunteers with disabilities.
If you have been inspired by this project or would like to know more about volunteering at HMP Erlestoke please visit the Friends of Erlestoke Prison website. Erlestoke House Farm Shop is a registered community interest company, working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison.