started as a response by Maybole Community Council to high unemployment in 1988.
It is now in its eleventh year as a community based business. The core business
is still employment training and job access for local people, and the company
works closely with the Community Council.
The creation of our
company has resulted in the availability of local jobs, local training in
relevant skills and projects of lasting community benefit, especially for the
disadvantaged and excluded in the community.
We have a long
history of helping people who have learning difficulties. An average of 50% of
trainees have had special support needs since the company began training. This
average is now rising, due to the many Government initiatives introducing
funding for the disadvantaged and excluded.
However, in spite
of upskilling over a thousand local people, and extending the variety of
training offered to meet Ayrshire labour market demands, unemployment in the
town is still high. Job creation schemes are urgently needed. For this reason we
want to assist in job creation projects and are actively seeking funding to
create social firms which will help those unable to get and keep jobs.
The company has
identified several areas of community need and started projects to resolve them
in the last four years.
Charities Board funding was obtained in 1996 to provide better domestic living
standards for low income families. Decorating, garden maintenance and domestic
safety devices were provided at very low cost to those in receipt of two State
benefits. The project was extended to the Girvan area in 1999 and over 300
households have benefited to date. Feedback received is consistently good.
project was the Signposts Job Access project in partnership with South Ayrshire
Council and now mainlined by them. The project started in 1996, and when
independently evaluated the report said it was the best value for money and most
We encouraged the
creation of a voluntary forum to help fund-raising. This project started a local
Charity Shop, which groups lease. It is estimated that fund-raising has risen as
a result by some 400% and good quality second hand clothing is available
Staff are very happy to contribute
to the economy of the High Street where some 50% of the shops are closed.
company is in partnership with eighteen local groups seeking funding for a
community development project to raise local awareness and participation in
Development Officer, an Inclusion Officer and an Admin, Assistant would be
employed to widen communication including Internet access and providing basic
The company is
included in the local Maybole web-site and the project would utilise this