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Mustard Seed Property

Who benefits

MSP serves vulnerable adults who are at risk of homelessness by leasing property to highly respected organisations that deliver the services direct to the individual tenants. Since 2007, over 40 vulnerable adults have been helped in this way, who would otherwise be in homelessness hostels, or other unsuitable housing, or even in some cases, rough sleeping.

Vulnerable individuals

"I now have an address so I can look for work and I have a safe home."

Mustard Seed Property seeks to include and cater for the needs of isolated retirees, people with a learning disability, people with dementia, people with autism, the homeless and other vulnerable adults in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Initially this has consisted of raising £300,000 to aquire a property in Helston, that initially assisted families with autistic adult children, and after a number of iterations is now used by MSP's partner St Petrocs as a supported house for formerly homeless individuals.


Stakeholder relationships

The diagram below shows how MSP operates with its various stakeholders – working closely with its charity and social enterprise partners to make property available for vulnerable adults, and to generate a social and financial return for the community share investors.

Mustard Seed (SW)

Mustard Seed (SW) runs The Open Door Café from which the charity supports people to learn valuable work-related and life skills, and provides ‘suspended’ meals for individuals who are unable to pay for meals.

The Helston and Lizard Foodbank is also run out of Open Door. The support they provide enables people to learn the skills to live independent lives, looking after themselves and others with whom they also come into contact with.

The Mustard Seed team helps to foster an environment enabling people to gain self-confidence in the workplace after illness or circumstances that may have changed. Work experience placements are regularly taken up from schools, colleges and external employment agencies with whom Mustard Seed works closely.

Mustard Seed (SW) was the first operational partner to lease a property from Mustard Seed Property. Mustard Seed (SW) does not currently have expansion opportunities that Mustard Seed Property can support, but they remain a partner.

Karrek Community CIC

Karrek works with people with learning and/or physical disabilities, mental health and/or behavioural challenges, autism and people with certain forms of brain injury.

The organization currently supports twenty individuals with a mixture of care packages, ranging from 2:1 or 24/7 support to a small number of set hours per week.

Its vision is to “empower vulnerable people to have greater control over their lives and to enjoy their lives to the full.”

Karrek has a number of people they support in appropriate accommodation. They have identified a strategic need for new accommodation for several people in both St Austell and Camborne.

Karrek has a partnership with Hollywell Housing, a specialist supported housing provider. Hollywell provides housing support, and Karrek provides individual care and support.


St Petroc’s Society

St Petroc’s provides accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall.

Within resources available, it strives to provide the best quality of service possible.

St Petroc’s primary aim is to provide these services to people aged 16-65 years for whom no provision is made within the community, either statutory or otherwise.

St Petroc's currently leases Mustard Seed Property’s first house in Helston.

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