“Working here has made me more confident, and given me independence”

Taking care of people as well as business. Our social businesses help people to realise their potential.

We work with people with disabilities and/or disadvantages to provide work experience, training, skills development and employment.

RF WORKS – How does it work?


At RF WORKS sites you can gain real experience in a range of supportive settings from retail to catering.


We provide any training that you need to carry out your work and feel safe and confident in the workplace. For example, this might be a Health and Safety qualification or learning a new task.


You will learn new skills for work and life, such as teamwork, travel training and independent living skills, or whatever you may need.


If you’re looking for paid employment, a dedicated Employment Advisor can support you to explore your career options and put a plan in place to help you find a paid job.

How much does this cost?

RF WORKS is different for everyone.

Pricing can be from £64 per day to £195 for those who need one-to-one support.

You will be able to discuss pricing and the support required to tailor to your individual needs.

St Lawrence Café

Our friendly cafe in Suffolk, provides real jobs in a cafe setting, based on an individual’s abilities. Start at a level right for you, build confidence to gain new skills.


  • Cooking
  • Waiting
  • Washing up
  • Operate the till
  • Meet and greet
  • Make drinks
  • Clearing tables
  • Preparing food
  • Barista training
  • Sandwich round

Keeping ‘social’ in our communities

If it’s coffee and a cake – and a welcome break from shopping – that you’d prefer, you can find a very warm and friendly welcome in our cafe run by Realise Futures in Ipswich.

Our cafe is in truly unique venue. The historic St Lawrence cafe has incredible acoustics and the country’s oldest working church bells – this venue can cater for every need.

St Lawrence Cafe, Dial Lane, Ipswich, IP1 1DJ
Tel: 01473 242500
Email: RFWorks@realisefutures.org

Bury St Edmunds: 01284 749030
Melton: 01394 389599
Ipswich: 01473 242500
Email: RFWorks@realisefutures.org


We get it packed, wrapped and dispatched – offering people a variety of jobs to suit their abilities, including folding, counting, assembling cartons and labelling , with easy to follow guides.


  • Packing
  • Folding
  • Counting
  • Assembling cartons
  • Labelling
  • Teamwork
  • Stock-take
  • Heat sealing
  • Blister packing
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Hand packing

It works for you

Companies use our fulfilment services because of the quality and delivery of the service and price – and because they appreciate and understand the social impact of placing the business with a social enterprise where they are helping their local community.

We pack and wrap thousands of items for major high street brands as well as local companies, and we handle a large range of different products from plastic dog bones which are shipped all over the world to cosmetics that are sold in shops throughout the UK.

Call us today on 01473 242500 or simply contact us and someone will be in touch.

Eco Furniture

Making plastic fantastic – turning plastic into furniture, from benches to pirate ships. Gain new skills within a team environment, from measuring to cutting and drilling, to creating furniture fit for customer use.


  • Measure and identify materials
  • Cutting and drilling
  • Understand manufacturer drawings
  • Use hand tools
  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Administration

We make 100% recycled plastic outdoor furniture and play equipment that is long lasting, splinter free, weather proof, and graffiti proof and anti-theft proof.

We will work with you from concept right through to design, manufacture and installation.

Visit our website to view our extensive range of products or call us on 01473 242527.

Eco Furniture, Ipswich
Tel: 01473 242500
Email: RFWorks@realisefutures.org

Growing Places, Claydon
Tel: 01473 831224
Email: RFWorks@realisefutures.org
Website: Growing Places

Growing Places

Discover the benefits of gardening and working in horticulture. Learn about nature, growing and gain social skills from teamwork. At Growing Places we also offer fresh, seasonal vegetable deliveries through our popular vegetable box delivery scheme.

Things you can do:

  • Packing vegetables
  • Planting
  • Digging
  • Weeding
  • Packing vegetables
  • Serving customers
  • Creating hampers
  • Go out on delivery

On our two-acre site in Claydon, we grow produce all year round and create garden ornaments from local willow.

We take great pride in providing a friendly, reliable and quality service that contributes to the health of our local community, local environment and local economy. When you buy from Growing Places, you are also supporting other local growers and suppliers too.

Ordering your veg box is easy, take a look at our website to find out more.

Nowton Park Nursery

Discover the benefits of gardening and working in horticulture. Nowton Park Nursery is situated in Nowton Park in Bury St. Edmunds. Here we grow a wide range of plants, including seasonal hanging baskets.

Things you can do:

  • Sowing seeds
  • Watering
  • Digging
  • Weeding
  • Pruning, clipping
  • Planting vegetables
  • Harvesting produce

Nowton Park Nursery, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 749030
Email: nowtonparknursery@realisefutures.org

Take a stroll through Nowton Park where you will find Nowton Park Nursery within a Victorian walled garden.

There you will find a colourful array of plants to buy or order, including seasonal hanging baskets and plants for your pots and containers.

We also provide plants for the commercial market, including growing the crazy pink petunias for The Angel Hotel’s annual eye-catching window box displays.

Look out for our seasonal trailer selling plants outside Nowton Café.

Poppy’s Pantry, Melton
Tel: 01394 389599
Email: RFWorks@realisefutures.org

Poppy’s Pantry

More than just a shop

Visit our click and collect online shop: www.poppyspantryshop.co.uk

Offering a whole range of work based opportunities in a friendly and supportive retail environment.


  • Work in the shop
  • Cooking
  • Packing/labelling
  • Prepare snack boxes
  • Cleaning
  • Delivery
  • Re-stock shelves
  • Teamwork

Local and wholefoods shop

We offer vegetarian and vegan produce, as well as gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products. We sell healthy snacks, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, as well as local fruit and vegetables and free range eggs.

Helping the environment, we sell eco-friendly household products.

Every Tuesday, we run a pop-up community coffee shop in St Mary’s Church Centre, Woodbridge. Selling hot and cold drinks, delicious homemade cakes and light lunches, the cafe is the ideal place to get together and meet other people in the community.