Many women across the UK are caught up in a cycle of multiple disadvantage (including addiction, homelessness, crime and lack of opportunities). Even when they work hard to break the cycle they can struggle to find work and support to reach their full potential.
We aim to provide life changing opportunities to help break this cycle once and for all, through our successful print-based business based in Tavistock, Devon.
We do this by offering paid employment where women prepare and pack stationery orders, develop customer service skills and experience the value of being in a supportive team. Women on our programme also work towards a qualification based on their aspirations and access life skills mentoring for a 12-month period. On completion of the programme and equipped with skills, experience and self worth - they are then supported into long term employment or further education. This combined approach helps women on our programme reach their potential, live a fulfilling life and contribute to their community.
Our employment programme is entirely funded through selling stationery and so every purchase you make enables us to continue and grow this work.
"In my recovery from addiction I'd become a bit of a recluse, so working here I've learnt that I am valid as part of a team, I can relearn things & use my old skills. I've learnt that I am able."
"Before joining the programme, I didn't feel able to find employment because of my physical and mental health. I didn't believe there was a company or a boss that could support me in a work placement. I never really had people to say i'm good enough and I never even believed in myself. Now I look forward to going to work without judgment and if I get something wrong I know they won't go mad. It's a safe space that comes with new challenges every time I’m there, but I see it as growth and it has given me so much more confidence"
At present, we can only accept referrals to our programme from the following organisations:
Please contact us if you would like any more info on our women’s programmes.