Making a difference for CleanStart 

New contract to provide staff support

CFC has been commissioned to provide counselling, facilitated groups and mental health training for CleanStart 

The Counselling & Family Centre has been commissioned by Trafford Housing Trust for an 18 month pilot with CleanStart in Trafford Park. We will provide two counsellors for half a day each on CleanStart's premises. As well as this, we are to provide a weekly structured support group and 7 and a half days of training in Mental Health Awareness and Addictions Awareness.

CleanStart's vision is to support neighbourhoods helping them become safer, stronger, cleaner and greener. They are a social enterprise, which means that they are able to offer a great range of property services and good quality recycled furniture at affordable prices whilst re-investing their profits into the local community. They provide employment, training and support for those who may find it difficult to secure jobs elsewhere. 

Trafford Housing Trust had always assisted ex-offenders to resettle on their release from custody. However, they felt that a lot more could be done to help reduce re-offending. And so in August 2008 CleanStart was formed initially creating a Void Clearance team, who would be employed to clean and clear their empty properties. CleanStart employ people on a fixed term contract, rolling employment initiative helping them to become economically active by providing them with training and support. In turn this results in a reduction in re-offending rates and unemployment both of which have a positive impact on the local community.

See www.cleanstartuk.com for more information.

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