The Sand Project The story so far

The Sand Project was founded by teachers inspired by the students they worked with. So it made sense to make them the first trainees in our organisation!
As part of their enterprise curriculum, we worked with sixth form students from Oak Grove College

Pop up Second-hand Shop and Cafe

Based on school premises but open to the public, students were supported in the setting up and running of the enterprise whilst gently introducing them to the added element of retail and customer service to less familiar people.

High Street Retail

With the capital raised through the pop-up shop and cafe, students were able to contribute towards securing a high street shop.

The next step was to transform this....
Into this! Our boutique is now open for business and provides #skillsbuilder focused training base for retail and customer service skills.
Thanks to Neil, from Custom T Shirts, Worthing, for an excellent (and very reasonable) job of signage
Thanks to the great kindness of Perfectly Green artificial grass specialists we have been able to turn a pretty grim space into something more inviting
And thanks to the amazing generosity and organisation of the mummy sisterhood we now have rails and shelves filled with beautiful, high quality preloved goods to finance the free training of our students

The latest post from our trainee, Stevie

To see more of our trainees films and keep up to date with their progress visit our Stars and Dandelions webpage

Barista Coffee Skills

With coffee shops and stalls everywhere, we thought Barista skills would open the doors of enterprise and employment for our trainees.

Thanks to a Community Initiative Fund grant from the council we were able to purchase a rather beautiful and shiny espresso coffee machine for trainees to practice on.

How could we earn money for the Sand Project whilst doing our Barista training in a safe and non-stressful way (i.e. with no customers close by to bother us!)?

An online coffee delivery service for teachers, naturally!
Trainee Holly (centre) went on to complete a few weeks work experience with the Baked Worthing team, Lauren (right) and Nicole (left)
Trainee Ashley, our very first Barista trainee, was already been offered a job at Cafe Domenica


Accessibility and Inclusion in mainstream enterprise is the underlying principal of everything we do. What better way to showcase and share the creative talents of our community than a magazine that encourages as many young people as possible to Be Included, Get Involved?

But we soon realised freely distributing magazines was not enough to guarantee engagement and impact for our readers.

So we developed Visable Inc GO


Other Enterprises

We create as many enterprises as we need to support the training and work skills of our trainees, depending on their aspirations. Here are just a few:

What's NEXT?

After a year of working with our trainees in our different enterprises, we have evolved our service to match THEIR needs and aspirations for future employment.

The result is VISABLE LEARNING and we are very excited to be launching our new enterprise focused training provision in September 2019.

Check out the webpage to see how we can support you or your young people.

Future Plans

The big dream is to establish the first University style residential experience to support the pathway to Independence. We hope to launch this provision in September 2020

Visit the Visable University dream

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We look forward to working with you.

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