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Corporate Social Responsibility and Beekeeping

| 2/28/2012 3:31:36 AM

Every now and then I accept Guest Blogs on to my Beekeeping Blog and this month I have accepted a Guest Blogger by the name of Iain Judge and his vision of setting up a Socially Responsible company dealing with Beeswax Candles.  

I hope you like his journey as I will be updating it all on here as well.  


Ok so lets get this straight, why choose a name that no one understands and only people in Romania can pronounceBeeswax Candles? Lucenarium is a Roman word meaning a festival of light and in Roman times most lightswere either oil lamps or beeswax candles. But the real reason is that I wanted something that I thought sounded classy to promote my beeswax candles and in short I quite like it! So how on earth do you pronounce it?

“Loo-churn-are-ee-um” or Lucenarium, there is another spelling of the word but I won’t confuse matters by telling you it. 

What’s the big idea?

I’m trying to set up a company that will provide activities with a purpose for people with learning disabilities. My background has been in managing a day center for people with profound learning disabilities for the last 5 years. And since I am a beekeeper and i enjoy making things, I thought what better than making beautiful beeswax candles to sell to the general public.There is such a need in our society to provide meaningful occupation for people, There are some very good day centers and ‘colleges’ for people with special needs, but there are also a lot of mediocre ones too.

As a society, our care of people with learning disabilities has changed greatly over the past 30 years, firstly with the closure of the big hospital institutions that kept people who were a little bit different out of site of the public “for their own good!” through to the beginning of the closure of the smaller ‘care homes’ many of which had, unfortunately, become institutions on a smaller scale.

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