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A social enterprise is changing lives in the valleys

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Homemakers is a not-for-profit organisation that provides three services for the community:

  • They operate a low-cost house clearance scheme that keeps household items out of landfill and sells them cheaply to people who need them.
  • They provide volunteer placements to the most vulnerable members of the community
  • And they visit schools and community groups to share the benefits of recycling.

Homemakers operates across Monmouthshire from its Abergavenny base, and thanks to its new branch in Ebbw Vale now offers services to more people than ever.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson attended the opening of the new Blaenau Gwent branch.

The Minister said: “I believe that in the current economic climate social enterprises such as Homemakers are more relevant than ever since they can give us the opportunities to use our valuable resources locally and create local Welsh jobs in the green economy.

“The work they do extends far beyond recycling and consequently the benefits they bring to the community are not just environmental ones. That’s why I want to congratulate Homemakers for the great job they do, and wish them every success in the future.”

Homemakers’ trustee Shannon Robinson said: “As a social enterprise it is our role to help the community, not to make money for shareholders.

“We’re here to provide work experience, to take away unwanted furniture and give it to local people at a low cost, and help people recycle more. We want as many people here in Ebbw Vale to get involved so we can make a difference to the community.”

Source: Welsh Assembly Government

Business development advice available for your social enterprise at the Wales Co-operative Centre website.

Written by C Kenzie

October 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

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