Pembrokeshire FRAME

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Founder and CEO Jenny Sims is proud that Pembrokeshire FRAME promotes and provides education, training and employment opportunities to people with a learning disability or who are recovering from, mental ill health. The company provides opportunities for severely disadvantaged people to test their ability to undertake real work, develop new skills and change the direction of their lives.

Pembrokeshire FRAME provides a community re-use service to individuals or families in need to relieve the effects of poverty and social deprivation. In the past twelve months the company has collected more than 35,000 unwanted items of furniture, many of which have been reused to assist people on low incomes to furnish their homes.

There are currently 26 people employed at Pembrokeshire FRAME which was set up as a Social Firm to maximise employment opportunities for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market.

In addition to providing paid employment Pembrokeshire FRAME also has a supported employment project called KeySteps. Under this initiative the company provides job coaches who support people working with other employers until they are confident in the job. This service has been extremely successful with 23 people obtaining paid employment and a further 24 settling into voluntary work in twelve month period.

Speaking about Pembrokeshire FRAME CEO Jenny Sims explains:
We been around for thirteen years and we began as a way of providing meaningful occupation to a group of people, with and recovering from, mental ill health. These were people who were attending a day centre and saw no hope of returning to work because of the stigma. The company puts time and effort into helping people to learn or relearn the skills that are required to become employable. At FRAME we provide the opportunity for people who are severely disadvantaged to attain a job within every level of the company. We can truly say we are making a real difference to people’s lives and the community as a whole. We believe that by becoming a Star Social Firm we are recognised by an external source to be a leading edge, dynamic and sustainable organisation. We are proud to demonstrate that you can run a commercially sound business while staying true to your ethical values. We are incredibly pleased to have been awarded the Star quality standard. It is a fantastic recognition of the high quality of employment which we provide for severely disadvantaged people.

Jenny sees the development of Social Firms as a positive concept and believes that the Star quality standard will add value to her business. She explains:
We need to see the continuation of more social enterprises seeking accreditation with trained assessors supporting and encouraging emerging Social Firms. With the introduction of the new Star Social Firm quality standard we can now demonstrate by example to prospective social enterprises the added value of being a Social Firm through employing those who have been disadvantaged.

For more information about Pembrokeshire FRAME visit: Pembrokeshire FRAME, Unit 18, Brickhurst Business Park, Johnston, Haverford West, Wales SA62 3PA. Tel: 01437 891 221

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