Who are we ?

Re-Create Social Enterprises Limited is a self funding not for profit organisation based in Ipswich. We offer therapeutic work based activities for learning disabled and disadvantaged people; including work placements for PFS Learners and work experience for SEN and Mainstream students. We are an Accredited Service Provider with Suffolk County Council.

Who attends Re-Create ?

Our attendees have a very broad range of skills and ability; and are aged between 16 and 65. We are a person centered organisation which means we run a flexible service to meet the needs of the individual. We believe we can offer a meaningful and fulfilling experience for all.

How does it work ?

We collect unused, unwanted or surplus items such as card, paper, film, foil, fabric, ribbon, cellophane, wood, bottles, containers, adhesive pads/tapes; and lots more unique items from local businesses.
Our attendees then process these items to produce art and crafts materials which we sell in our shop to our customers who include schools, playgroups, and individuals. This saves companies landfill costs and benefits the environment and local community.

What activities are offered at Re-Create?

Work based therapeutic activities such as:

  • Sorting
  • Counting
  • Cutting
  • Rolling
  • Embossing
  • Packing
  • Punching
  • Measuring
  • Guillotining
  • Sewing
  • Presentation
  • Stocking shelves
  • Interaction with customers and suppliers
  • Completing paper work (accessible versions are readily available where appropriate)

All of these jobs have next steps and a conclusion. This enables people to participate in the whole process as illustrated below;

Sorting Counting Packing Pricing 
Putting on display Serving customers

Through our work processes attendees are; maintaining fine motor skills, stimulating cognitive processes, fulfilling social needs, raising self esteem, learning new skills, stimulating communication.

Our attendees show a great sense of pride when they serve or see customers buying the items they have sorted, packaged and put out on display. We also employ social media so that our work is seen by a wider audience. Attendees will post on our Facebook page, reply to customer enquiries and create marketing material to promote the business, service and products.

'Skills for work' training:
  • Time keeping
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Task management
  • Team work
  • Setting targets
  • Stock control
  • Self discipline
  • Social interaction
  • Perseverance
  • Focus & Concentration
  • Till training
  • Customer service
  • Online store management
  • Order processing

We also teach our attendees to respect other peoples abilities; and to understand that some people need to work in different ways or at a different pace.

How do we measure progress?
Use of work books

Attendees complete their own work books with support where needed at the end of each visit. The books are used to keep a record of their personal achievements; measuring progress; and finding out which activities suit their personal needs or preferences. They are also useful tools to stimulate discussion at home and as an aid in reviews; especially where the individual has communication difficulties or finds it difficult to speak up in a group/formal setting.

During the pandemic we have adapted this into a digital form so that we can maintain a record of the activates and achievements in a Covid secure fashion. 

Other attendees have more specific targets, for example people who are working to the Employability for life Charter (E4L) or Pre-Foundation Studies (PFS) use the work books to evidence progress in meeting their targets; as well as assessing and analysing their own work and reviewing the tasks they have completed.

Face to face reviews

We complete an initial progress report with new starters after they complete their first month with us. We hold annual service reviews to which the person can invite the people who are important in their life. This gives individuals the opportunity to share their achievements and experiences and also plan for their future progression.
Use of certificates

All attendees participate in our own Re-Use Specific Certificates (RUSC) program which enables people to be assessed on their effort and attainment in completing their activities; these accumulate and enable attendees to achieve bronze, silver or gold certificates which are awarded annually. Attendees are also given the opportunity to participate in a range of external accredited courses facilitated by Suffolk ACRE.

How can I access your service?

If you have a learning disability or are a parent, carer or an advocate for someone with a learning disability, please either contact us on: 01473 603393 / 07810 185221 or by emailing Graham at gmann@recreate-enterprise.co.uk

We can then arrange a free taster day so that you can come and participate in some activities and make an informed choice as to whether you would like to attend.

How much does it cost ?

Attendees pay from £43.35 per day for their placement from 9 am – 3:30 pm. We are open Monday – Friday. Many people use their personal budgets/Direct Payments to access Re-Create; others are funded by Suffolk County Council, Lapwing and colleges.

Please contact Customer First: 0808 800 4005 to find out about your funding entitlement; they will also be able to assist you with funding applications and referrals.

Other organisations that can help are:
ACE Suffolk People First – 01449 678088

For accessible format information about our services please click the links below;