STEP funding helps Clean Start grow again

STEP funding helps Clean Start grow again

Our successful social enterprise is growing again thanks to the support of PATH (Yorkshire) Skills Training Enterprise Programme.

They have awarded us a grant of £5000 to help find another part time worker for 25 hours a week at our Clean Start service for six months.  PATH (Yorkshire) Skills Training Enterprise Programme (STEP) is supported by the European Social Fund and Leeds City Council.

The grant means that we can expand a service that offers deep cleansing, house clearance, painting and decorating and cleaning advice for those at risk of losing their homes.

Clean Start is unique in Leeds tackling jobs that other cleaning companies won’t touch.  In the ten years since it was set up it has changed the lives of the many clients it helps and the team, many of whom were homeless and without work with few prospects.  Thanks to Clean Start they are all now employed and have tenancies.

Alongside our new worker, we are offering voluntary work experience to two other clients.  One young man at our Seacole scheme will work two days a week to help give him work experience, build his confidence and help him take the next steps into employment.   Anna, who is at our Carr Beck service for alcohol dependent women is going to be helping our Clean Start admin team one day a week.

“Clean Start is a successful social enterprise which has flourished because it provides a unique service and offers sustainable work and opportunities to its team.  This funding will allow it to confidently expand with an additional part-time person on a six-month contract who we can then hopefully offer a permanent job to,” said Janet Spencer, CEO of Turning Lives Around.

“Clean Start offers deep cleaning,   house clearance and provides cleaning advice so that homes don’t deteriorate after they have been cleaned and more recently has developed a painting and decorating service for people on low incomes who are unable to do their own decorating jobs, but which are too small for commercial companies.

“Volunteering and work experience are vital for our clients who can face huge hurdles accessing work experience and training.   By being able to demonstrate they can successfully attend work and make a valued contribution this can help them develop their CV as part of their support.

“Clean Start provides a vital service to both clients and its team and this support from the STEPs programme and PATH is recognition of the work it does and the success it has achieved.”

Skills Training Employment Pathways (STEPs) Programme

Developed by DWP and funded by Bradford and Leeds City Councils with match funding from European Social Fund (ESF). Leeds City Council manage the provision in Leeds and PATH Yorkshire are sub-contracted as a specialised provider to offer tailored 1:1 and group support to improve the English and employability skills of long-term unemployed aged 25+ from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) helping beneficiaries move closer to/into employment.

STEP is voluntary for participants and will focus on delivery of a package of tailored support to address worklessness of unemployed disadvantaged individuals. The provision aims to engage with the individual, identify and address barriers to work, using a range of specialist support/provision to move participants into sustained work at the earliest opportunity.