Root Connections CIC is an innovative project forged out of a partnership between Mendip District Council, Addicott Partners (Manor Farm) and Elim Connect Centre. Launched in 2015, and relaunched in 2018 as an incorporated social enterprise, the project provides the only Direct Access Accommodation based in Mendip for rough sleepers. Providing two short-term assessment beds and four pre-move-on beds, Root Connections helps Mendip citizens on their journey to sustainable accommodation.
The accommodation is located in an idyllic cottage at the heart of working farm near Stratton-on-the-Fosse. The rural location provides the opportunity for residents to grow their own vegetables and other fresh produce based on organic growing principles to maintain and improve soil quality, to increase biodiversity and to avoid the use of chemicals in the growing process.
Income from sale of Root Connections produce will help the project to become financially viable so it can continue to provide a service for people needing their support.