Brogdale Community Interest Company (BCIC) was established in March 2010 to develop leisure and employment opportunities for disabled children and young people within a mainstream community environment at Brogdale Farm, Faversham. This has since grown with six different sites across Ashford & Swale. Core to the development of BCIC is the intention that it will be the children, young people and their families who will identify and prioritise the activities to be undertaken so that it fits within the local community’s needs. As a result of parent and young people feedback we have now expanded our activities across all of Swale, Ashford, Canterbury and Dover and surrounding areas. The vision of Brogdale CIC is to enable disabled and disadvantaged young people and adults to take part in a range of leisure and work opportunities
Short break leisure activities such as gardening, horse riding and arts Real work experience such as working in a café, being part of a gardening service to the local community and running an online shop for home made goods. Entry into employment through employment or through gaining qualifications leading to further education or employment opportunities. Since we started the project in April 2010 we have worked with over 1000 young people and adults.
We are always happy to look at other projects that schools and the community are interested in developing. This year we will be working with The Bay Trust to organise a project around recycling to develop a small business that can be run by disabled young people as an aspect of BCIC. This is as a direct response to feedback from young people wishing to work in this area. Our aim is to be totally independent of grant funding and have sustainable businesses that enable other activities to run for disabled young people, adults and their families. To expand our grounds maintenance service into the Ashford community. To build on our courses within our new status as a post 16 specialist provider.