Risdon Enterprises
Tel: 01837 851 240

Gilead Foundations Charity was founded in 1991, to operate residential rehabilitation at Risdon Farm, for people suffering with compulsive behaviours such as drug and alcohol addictions, self-harm, depression and related issues. Since 1991 Gilead has seen hundreds of clients complete the programme, with present success rates showing at least 85% living a successful recovery lifestyle, measured two years after they have completed the programme. Our services are open to men, women and families.
Gilead provides a service that empowers and supports clients to achieve and maintain their recovery; we believe in offering a holistic model that does not compartmentalise an addiction or offer a quick fix, but sees it in a wider context.

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"To promote the mental and physical rehabilitation of persons suffering from drug and alcohol abuse or similar problems by providing therapy, teaching them spiritual values, and advancing their education so as to better enable them to cope with the business of life".


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...By providing residential accommodation in a community & extended family structure, for service users in need of rehabilitation and life restructure from substance abuse and other life controlling problems. To help restore independence and stability to peoples’ lives so they are better able to lead responsible lives in their own homes, free from addictions; understand the importance of good personal standards, and have a positive attitude to family and daily work routines.


Gilead operates a three-phase therapeutic skills training programme, including detox, relapse prevention training, various therapies, and help with resettlement back into society.

The course also includes work therapy & skills training in various areas such as the farm, dairy, catering, administration & ITC, building & maintenance, & basic skills, etc. Risdon Enterprises is registered with training bodies, so service users can achieve national certifications such as QCFs (Qualifications and Credit Framework).


Gilead Foundations receives limited financial support from the authorities for the specialist care that it provides. This means that the Charity had to rely heavily on gifts, bequests, grants and gifts-in-kind to meet its financial commitments. Until recently the Charity was always relying on client / government funding which is generally unsustainable, so it became important to develop a social enterprise company (RECIC) to enable a more stable income to be generated through the farming business.

Risdon is a working farm, with-free range egg production and wholesale milk production providing real-life work therapy and skills training to our clients. Any profits from the Social Enterprise enable RECIC to subsidise fees for clients to come to Gilead for rehabiltiation. Clients also get a sense of fulfilment from knowing that they are contributing to the welfare of everyone in the community by being involved in these activities.

Gilead Foundations Charity work in collaboration with RECIC to provide the very best rehabilitation service to its' clients. RECIC is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to deliver residential treatment for substance misuse and alike, to adults aged between 18-65 years, enabling them to work with referral funding agencies.

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