23 April 2013
Providing meaningful work opportunities for service users can sometimes be more beneficial in recovery than anything else we do here at the Trust.
That’s why we’re working with Ealing Council and Accession Social Enterprise to further develop the work rehabilitation units, which have grown up on our main site in Ealing, as social enterprises.
We’re working with Accession because they have years of expertise in the field of social enterprises and Ealing Council are eager to work with us, because they have a shared desire to find meaningful employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Service users working in our print shop have now moved to newly refurbished premises on The Broadway in Ealing. This is the first of our work rehabilitation services to move off the hospital site and into more commercially viable locations as we support them to develop as social enterprise businesses, where all profits are fed straight back into the venture.
Brian Gordon, who works in the print shop, says: “We’re really excited about moving to the new shop. It’s a much better location for us and if all goes to plan we’ll make new contacts and attract new business which means we’ll be a whole lot busier, providing more work opportunities for service users.”
Eventually, these businesses will stand alone with less support from the Trust and the local authority, while continuing to provide volunteering, training and employment opportunities for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
As social enterprise businesses, income generated will be reinvested back into creating more opportunities. By moving our work rehabilitation services on as social enterprises, they’ll be much more commercially viable as they’ll be managed by people with commercial expertise rather than us. However, our continued involvement with the social enterprises means that in time there will be more and better employment opportunities for our service users.
Print Shop address:
St James House,
105 – 113 The Broadway
Tel: 020 8354 8223