Gaining work experience
To ensure that individuals gain a true understanding of ‘work’ there is opportunity to become a member of a number of social enterprises.
WHM supported its users to develop their own company in early 2016 called Countryside Enterprises. It is a ‘community interest company’, which means it is owned and run by an appointed board of trustees and its members. All decisions regarding the enterprises and its profits are made by the board/members.
Being part of the enterprises enables individuals to work as part of a team, gain work experience, develop their work ethos, and consider health & safety within a working environment. Involvement within the enterprises also helps individuals to make informed decisions about the type of work they would like to pursue.
A number of the current enterprises are proving very successful and the individuals involved receive a profit share at the end of each month.
Countryside Enterprises currently up and running;
- Free range Egg Project
- Selling home grown and home made produce
- HELPING HANDS – Contract Gardening Team
- SHINERS- Car Washing
- Ironing Service
- Luncheon Club
- Furniture Restoration
- BUNS ON THE RUN- catering service
- Sewing/ soft furnishing service
- Equine project