CADOWS caters for adults
of all ages from the North Essex area who have
learning, mental or physical disabilities, whether
by birth, road accident or stroke.
CADOWS is completely self sufficient and is
run by unpaid volunteers, it does not receive any
grants. The items the clients make under skilled
supervision; plants the clients grow in our
greenhouses and items donated, are sold to cover our
CADOWS owns its own land & building, we are
open 09.00 - 15.00 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
CADOWS invited another
charity Essex Blind Charity to share its premises on
Demand for our services has
risen dramatically over the last year, we currently
have 45 clients. We charge clients the nominal sum
of £3 a day to help with costs, including tea,
coffee and biscuits, which are served three times a
day with cakes in the afternoons.
The subs total about £5,000 a
year but the running costs for the minibus we use to
collect and return our clients amounts to £4,000 a
year and our utility bills and public liability
insurance comes to another £6,000 plus other
miscellaneous bills so it is a continual struggle by
a bunch of unpaid volunteers helping to give some
respite and help to others less fortunate.
Six or seven times a year we take the clients on
outings paid for by the volunteers.
CADOWS is split into three sections, the wood
workshop where the more able clients make wooden
garden furniture which is sold in our little shop at
the front of the building (which also sells goods
donated by the public), the greenhouses where some
of the clients tend plants to sell in our shop, and
the main workshop where clients do various tasks for
hospitals, children's nurseries and other
organisations. We are not paid to do this work but
we have managed to procure the tasks as long as we
pay for the materials. They also make birthday cards
and various soft furnishings for sale in the shop.
The aim of CADOWS is three fold: to manage
clients back into a working environment by learning
new skills so they can become part of the main
workforce; giving the clients a better quality
of life; interacting with others whilst doing
worthwhile work and to the ones who live at home
some respite for their parents.