Wyldwoods CIC was set up in September 2007 by Stephanie Brett.

Based at Dean Corner Farmhouse near Broseley, Shropshire, the organisation is set up to “meet the needs of disadvantaged individuals through meaningful, practical, rural experiences.” It aims to achieve this by offering unique opportunities in arts and craft, horticulture, cooking, rural skills and other activities to those for whom mainstream education doesn’t provide suitable stimulus.

Wyldwoods also offers a range of other opportunities to groups and individuals from Shropshire and the West Midlands that find themselves disadvantaged financially, geographically or socially. We are always open to suggestions for workshops, courses and talks etc – use the quick link below or write or telephone using the details on the contact us page.

The site at Dean Corner has a 3.5 acre paddock, a 40 x 16m pond, large, dry workshops with power and water, a 16ft diameter Mongolian yurt (a circular tent – recently expertly re-covered by the wonderful SpiritsInTent) vegetable beds, a wooden ‘henge’, covered outdoor instruction area, play trail and a small woodland area. There are safe country paths and bridleways to walk, and the whole area is situated in a peaceful, idyllic spot, away from noisy roads and other buildings, yet just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Broseley.

Wyldwoods is funded through many different means. Grants from charitable trusts, contracts with local council departments, individuals and companies. It also gains funding through partnership links with local colleges and organisations.

Originally a Registered Charity, Wyldwoods is now a Community Interest Company. CICs are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. Put simply they are social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.

Working alongside Wyldwoods CIC is Branching Out, a partnership formed in 2013. Branching Out is able to take on contracts, events and other business which falls outside the remit of the CIC, as well as managing participants on personal budgets. It is also more able to shoulder risks that can sometimes present themselves to not-for-profit organisations, e.g. when payment for projects arrives many weeks after completion… while staff have already, necessarily, been paid. This leaves Wyldwoods CIC free to attract funding for other projects and better-positioned to face the ‘slings and arrows’ of an uncertain future in the so-called ‘Third Sector’.

OUR STAFF

Stephanie Brett

Stephanie Brett

Director, Tutor

Harold Taylor

Harold Taylor

Freelance Woodwork Tutor

Simon Cornes

Simon Cornes

Maintenance & Tutor

Katy Brett-Atkin

Katy Brett-Atkin

Session Worker & Social Media

Carol Platt

Carol Platt

Session Tutor

VOLUNTEERS

We have lots of dedicated and special volunteers who help us…

Mandy – creative crafts and cookery • Mary – knitter and crafter • Elaine – crafter, cook & gardener • Sam – lawn mowing and maintenance • Keith – Information Technology • Dave and Ann – advice, ideas & support • Evie, Eve, Michael & Claudia – helping hands • Katy and Sam – interior design & decorating • Dave – grafting of all kinds •  Mel – general support work • Elexis – therapeutic horticulture • Will – Web & Graphic Design

We have previous volunteers who continue to help us out from time to time and we appreciate them ALL!

Wyldwoods is a member of the Federation of City Farms & Community GardensWIRE (Women In Rural Enterprise), The Bridgnorth Volunteer Forum, Social Enterprise West Midlands and the Council for Voluntary ServicesStephanie Brett is an accredited John Muir Award Provider and a Community Champion.