Clean Start Gets £15,000 For Paint Jobs

Clean Start Gets £15,000 For Paint Jobs

Turning Lives Around deep clean and hoarding service, Clean Start, has been given a £15,000 grant to expand and develop its decorating services.

The cash has been given by Leeds Community Foundation Ideas that Change Lives Fund to Clean Start to employ two part-time painters and decorators. Clean Start will use it to buy materials to decorate the homes of the elderly, disabled and those with mental health issues.

Leeds Community Foundation was keen to work with Clean Start to help it support Ria Smith, who lives at a Turning Lives Around home and Lionel Stein, who has learning difficulties, access employment.

Initially, for a period of 12 months TLA and Clean Start hope that the two posts will become permanent as it markets the service to existing and new customers across West Yorkshire.

The company, which is a social enterprise and employs eight people, already works with a number of local authorities and housing associations including Kirklees and Leeds City Council.

Janet Spencer is CEO of TLA. She said: “Clean Start is a brilliant example of how a social enterprise can provide opportunity for people who have previously struggled to access employment.  om the beginning we have offered a unique service, cleaning homes others won’t touch and tackling hoarding. Decorating is a neat fit with these services and will help us grow and become even more sustainable.”