A new research item is now available to download free of charge from the Social Firms UK Resource Centre.
The "Carpet Cleaning Care Research Dissertation" has been written by Mark Bertram to explore two points:
1) Can an existing NHS sheltered work project be successfully transformed into a Social Firm operated by service users?
2) To what extent can such a transformed service be self-sufficient and profitable?
The sheltered work project in question is Carpet Cleaning Care which, currently, is still part of the NHS Trust in which it was created. The paper considers some interesting issues that arose during the journey of considering Social Firm development and Mark is happy to share the learnings with others in the arena of vocational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems and conversion of sheltered work projects. If you have any queries arising from the research then please send them to Social Firms UK at [email protected] and we will gladly forward them onto the author, Mark.