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Pulp Friction CIC

Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar CIC is a Nottinghamshire based enterprise who work with young adults with learning disabilities to develop their social, independent and work-readiness skills. They provide opportunities and individual support for people to run pedal-powered smoothie bars at different community events.

Jill Carter runs the enterprise with her daughter Jessie, who has learning disabilities. When Jessie was 17 she wanted a part-time job at the weekend like a lot of her non-disabled friends. Jill felt it was unlikely that Jessie would be able gain employment locally so together the mother and daughter started looking for something which would interest Jessie and which could be supported by Jill.

They saw a smoothie bike at a local festival, and although Jessie cannot ride an ordinary bike they thought that she might be able to manage something that was static. They spoke to a few of Jessie’s friends and their families and in 2009 Jill supported them to put an application in to the Youth Opportunity Fund for £1800 to buy a smoothie bike for themselves. They were successful in their bid and the Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar Project was born!

Initially Pulp Friction operated as a youth and community group recruiting non-disabled young adults to work alongside their regular members so that people began to build friendships and work as a team.

Whilst on their journey Jill enrolled on a course for people interested in developing Social Enterprises which was run by the East Midlands School for Social Enterprise (EMSSE). As a result of doing the EMSSE course Jessie and Jill decided to set up Pulp Friction as a social enterprise. They are now incorporated as a Community Interest Company and launch in June 2011.