Pulp Friction

Deli Llama is part of the Pulp Friction family.

Pulp Friction has been established for over 12 years, employing the skills of people with learning disabilities and autism.

The organisation began in 2009 and they registered as a Community Interest Company in 2011.

This is their story.....

Pulp Friction was set up by Jill Carter and her daughter, Jessie.

Pulp Friction Smoothie Bike

Jessie wanted to get a part-time job in a fancy restaurant, unfortunately, it became clear that it was unlikely local businesses would be able to support her needs in a work environment. 

In 2009, Jessie and her mother, Jill, saw a pedal-powered smoothie bike at the Robin Hood Festival at Nottingham Castle, after talking with the owner of the stall they began to explore the potential of a pop-up smoothie bike for events. 

Jill Carter

Jessie and four of her friends successfully applied for the Youth Opportunities Fund. Using money from this grant Pulp Friction was born, they bought:

  • A smoothie bike
  • A laptop 
  • A mobile phone

At an event at their local youth club, a parent invited Jessie to bring the bike to his family BBQ and was willing to pay for this. Jill began to see the potential of the smoothie bike, in 2011 Pulp Friction became a Community Interest Company. 

Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar began to attend multiple events, including school fairs, youth clubs, playschemes, community festivals etc. Allowing Jessie and others to gain valuable work experience, work as a team and build friendships. By 2014/15 Pulp Friction was a running business, all money earnt was put back into the business.

Eleanor at Pulp Friction

Pulp Friction has grown to provide a wide range of opportunities it's members

Pulp Friction has diversified as it has grown from one smoothie bike we now operate in a number of different settings.

The core of what Pulp Friction does revolves around a day service for it's members and social activities including parties and choir.

The Pulp Friction day service creates opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to develop their Social Skills, Independence Skills and Work-readiness Skills within the catering and hospitality industry. 

James at Pulp Friction with Flap Jacks

Members are able to work at their own pace in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. 

We help members to develop skills and self-confidence when they are working with us. Every member has a personal development plan and every member is encouraged to achieve a level 2 food hygiene qualification.   

We are Aspirational, Inclusive and Purposeful for all our members.

Pulp Friction operates the following services:

Catering Enterprise

Members of Pulp Friction work in the following settings:

  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Canteen 
  • NFRS Service Development Centre 
  • Pulp Friction Travelling Kitchen
  • Cooking Up A Future 
  • Nottinghamshire Police Service

Pulp Friction Members at Fire & rescue HQ

Community Events

As well as running the above kitchens, Pulp Friction also takes their smoothie bikes and ice-cream bikes out to community event and private bookings.

They have:

  • 3 Smoothie Bikes 
  • Ice Cream/Sorbet Bike
  • Ice Cream Tricycle 

Environmental Initiatives

A big part of Pulp Friction is to create environmental initiatives and work in partnership with other organisations with sustainability at the heart of what they do:

  • Dig In Allotment 
  • Polytunnel 
  • Wormery 
  • Fare Share and Supermarket Schemes 

Pulp Fricton Poly Tunnel

Education & Qualifications

Pulp Friction provides training and qualifications to its members including:

  • Food Hygiene Qualifications 
  • Customer Service Qualifications 
  • First Aid Courses 

Social Activities

There are always plenty of social activities, with lots of one-off events and celebrations along with regular activities including:

  • Atmosphere Glee Choir 
  • Dance Syndrome

The team have kept the choir going, even through the pandemic, where the choir took place on zoom. The choir won awards this year for their contributions to the community.

Pulp Friction Members with choir awards

Deli Llama

Deli Llama is the newest string to the Pulp Friction bow.

It is being operated in a slightly different way to the rest of Pulp Friction. Whereas before Jill and Jessie were at the helm for all the projects, this time it is a joint collaboration between Pulp Friction and small business owner, Samantha Burke.

The difference being that Samantha runs the business, getting the shop and and cafe operational, and developing the co-operative with the rest of the team, and Pulp Friction members would be supported in a work environment that differed from the other day services currently available. 

Previously all businesses were headed by Jill and Pulp Friction.  This new way of collaborating lets Pulp Friction do what it does best, and put the members at the heart of the experience, whilst creating a new work opportunity for a small business owner to develop and grow an idea.

We have had delays in getting everything flowing as it should because of the pandemic, but now with restrictions lifting Deli Llama will be able to open it's doors to members working in the kitchen and cafe very soon!