Social Enterprise aims to move up a gear in tenth anniversary year

Social Enterprise aims to move up a gear in tenth anniversary year

DESPITE almost full employment work remaining elusive for many people, particularly those at the margins of society, ten years ago, a Leeds charity decided to tackle the problem head on. Turning Lives Around set up a social enterprise that has changed perceptions of the homeless and read how it aims to celebrate its tenth anniversary. 

A Leeds charity which prevents homelessness is appealing to socially responsible organisations to help it celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Turning Lives Around established Clean Start in 2009 to provide a step back into employment for some of the most marginalised people in society. 

Originally providing a deep cleaning service for local authorities, charities and those on low incomes it now employs nine people and offers de-hoarding, decorating and household repairs.

Working from its Beeston base Clean Start tackles the jobs that most commercial cleaners won’t because they are too dirty, tough or not financially lucrative enough.

At the same time as helping its own team get back into paid employment, it has ensured many vulnerable people remain in their own homes and proved itself a reliable partner for charities whose clients need help, but cannot afford commercial rates.

As it looks to the next decade it is now appealing to West Yorkshire businesses for support.

“As well as employing more people we have bought two vans,” explained Amanda Lister, Clean Start manager.

“Clean Start would like to partner with businesses with a strong community ethos to help sponsor them. In return for financial backing we will advertise their brand and put the logo on the vans as they drive around West Yorkshire supporting our clients.

The monthly cost of running each van is £550 which includes leasing, petrol, insurance and maintenance.

“Ideally we would like 12 sponsors to pay for a month each then we can add their logo for a year giving them association with a trusted brand and low cost marketing,” added Amanda.

“Clients are often elderly, have mental & physical ill-health or lack basic house-keeping skills. Our team can clean, de-hoard, decorate and do repairs and if appropriate we provide cleaning advice so they don’t need to call us back.

“And our team is reliable, ethical and honest. On more than one occasion they have found valuable items and handed them in for safe keeping.”

We're calling on West Yorkshire businesses for support. Are you an interested business? Contact Turning Lives Around on 0113 276 0616, or email alister@turninglivesaround.co.uk.