Creating landscapes, changing lives
Is it possible to be both a successful landscape and construction company and a social enterprise helping people into work? Clydesdale Community Initiatives proves that the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) was set up in 2002 so young people at risk and adults with mental health issues could develop a derelict site in Lanark, south Lanarkshire. The project was so successful, with both groups gaining skills and confidence from their involvement that more projects followed.
CCI’s premise is that they don’t start by looking at someone’s disabilities but at their interests and abilities. Today CCI is both an award-winning social enterprise and a professional construction company that supports people who want to work but need some help. By working on CCI’s small to medium-sized landscape construction, horticulture and bespoke woodcraft contracts, people learn skills, develop confidence and prepare for work.
It’s an innovative model of social enterprise that provides outstanding opportunities for adults with complex mental health issues and learning difficulties, and socially disadvantaged young people. Working with CCI’s experienced staff, they engage in worthwhile construction projects that benefit their local communities.
Because construction professionals run it, standards are high and after new skills are learned at CCI’s workshops, participants go out to work on commercial projects with the CCI construction team.
Working as part of team helps develop social worth and promotes social inclusion as well as giving people a renewed purpose in life and valuable skills. NatWest Social & Community Capital has supported CCI with loans that have helped build this world-class enterprise and social inclusion facility.
A recent £300,000 loan has helped them to bridge the gap between grant funding. The new premises will help CCI to further the work they do and enable development of new products and markets such as wood crafting. CCI is guided by a voluntary Board of Directors who provide the mix of backgrounds, skills and experience needed to ensure that this unique organisation flourishes. All profits from the landscape company are reinvested in the charity.
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