Covid-19 – update on current day services

Reach’s day centres remain open in line with the government’s latest guidance relating to health and social care provision. Extra measures are in place to keep our clients, staff and volunteers well. All activities comply with latest government Covid-19 guidance and are monitored closely. Our senior management team will keep the situation under constant review and our Centre Teams will be in touch with clients and/or carers in case of any change.

To find out more about current day services please contact Chantelle Welsher, Group Manager Client Services at Chantelle.welsher@reachuk.org or telephone 07834 578704.

To find out more about our support for unpaid carers please contact Catherine Shatwell, Carers Matter Manager at Catherine.shatwell@reachuk.org or telephone 07715648691.


Flower Pod is a garden full of flowers, surrounded by farmland on the edge of Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus. Focused on community, creativity and sustainability, it provides learning within 1.5 acres of green space.

Helping people with learning disabilities connect with both nature and their local community is at the heart of everything we do.

Clients enjoy gardening, wildlife, crafts, floristry, and other transferable skills that help people gain in confidence and to develop towards living more independently.

Flower Pod also is a place to relax, build new friendships and get some exercise in the fresh air, helping to promote positive emotional and physical wellbeing.

We welcome supporters who want to work with our clients or help in the garden. Many friendships have blossomed over the years as people have shared their skills and experience with Flower Pod and these ongoing relationships are crucial to what we do.

Volunteers help us produce seasonal flowers for individuals and small events, and we make environmentally friendly, natural petal confetti.

We host corporate volunteering activities for groups of between 6 – 20 people who can take part in tasks that help us improve and maintain our site. If you're an organisation that is committed to giving something back, why not give us a ring to see if we can help organise something to suit you?

To get involved as a client, carer, volunteer or donor, call 01636 918271.

Find us at: Brackenhurst Lane, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0QL. Call us on 01636 918271.

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Jane Hufton
Flower Pod Centre Manager

Hello, I’m Jane…

At Flower Pod Southwell we love learning, and our clients develop skills for independence using our wonderful outdoor space. The focus is about positive relationships when connecting with people and the environment. Fun and teamwork are at the heart of what we do whilst looking after the flower garden and conserving the natural balance to protect and nurture everything in it.

We are very excited to be developing a wildlife area to offer people the chance to understand the importance of our ecosystem; become greener citizens and share our experience and knowledge with the community. Our generous volunteers assist our expert team to provide a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy.  It’s a safe, interesting, stimulating place to be and a place where you can be yourself.


Watch our short video to see Lucy and John talk about their volunteering experiences at Flower Pod Southwell

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Please note the timetable is subject to change and there is a waiting list for some sessions.

Sessional rates vary. Adults with learning disabilities may be eligible to receive personal budgets from Nottinghamshire County Council to pay for sessions. For more details on the personal budget process please contact 01636 819066. We can sometimes offer places on funded projects at lower sessional rates.

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HOW DOES THE BIG GIVE WORK? During our Big Give Christmas Challenge week, a national charity champion and local pledgers match donations made online until we reach our £15,00 target. So your gift will be worth double eg £25 = £50, £100 = £200! Find out more at ow.ly/2XeE50LLYYe#ChristmasChallenge22#OneDonationTwiceTheImpact#DoubleYourDonation ... See MoreSee Less
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