Roberts House has decided to support Root Connections as its charity this year.

Root Connections is based in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, where Downside is located. The project aims to provide shelter and work for homeless people in the Mendip district by the growing and selling of organic vegetables at Manor Farm, just outside the village.

Root Connections is part of a wider ‘Direct Access Community’ (DAC) run by a church in Wells, which provides accommodation at the Dairy House at Manor Farm as a first step to finding permanent employment and accommodation for some of the most vulnerable members of our local community. 

All members of Roberts House are very strongly encouraged to think of ways in which they can raise money for their new adopted charity including a competition between tutor groups.

About the Dairy House:
‘The only Direct Access Accommodation based in Mendip for Rough Sleepers, the DAC provides up to two short-term assessment beds and four pre-move-on beds to help 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 up to of 1,000 acres of explorable farmland, woodland, orchards and gardens. The majority of people sleeping rough in Mendip are self-isolating, living outside of the built up areas – the DAC offers a softer transition from this lifestyle. 

The accommodation is run as a community house; residents cook and eat together, and engage in a number of structured activities including art, pottery, animal care and hedge-laying. This approach is focussed on a wholistic preparation for the next steps after leaving the farm.