Our social enterprises.
We operate two social enterprises in order to provide transitional training and employment to people before and after they complete prison or community sentences.
Outwork is our grounds maintenance enterprise, delivering financial – and social – value for money services to commercial and domestic clients.
Our hard working Outwork crews operate under an on-site Supervisor, delivering a range of grounds maintenance services for individuals and organisations who not only enjoy great service but also know that by contracting Outwork they are helping to tackle barriers to employment.
Our clients include the Belfast International Airport, Lyric Theatre, Springfield Charitable Association, Alpha Housing Association and Blairs Caravans, as well as domestic clients.
To find out more about Outwork, and the services we provide, click here.
Big Loop Bikes uses staff and community volunteers to teach people skills in bike repair and management.
Initially operating within Hydebank Secure College, Big Loop Bikes began by refurbishing unwanted bikes collected from individuals, police stations, universities and landfill sites. Once refurbished, we sold the bikes at pop-up shops in the community.
But since then we have extended Big Loop Bikes beyond Hydebank, with a workshop and retail space on Queen's University Belfast's campus, and a movement of people in the community working together to develop skills, transitional employment opportunities, and a framework of mutual support.
Having a workshop in the community allows us to deliver our transitional employment model in which people working in the enterprise pre-release can continue to work with us post-release, providing them with a framework of engagement and support at a critical point in their transition out of custody.
To find out more about Big Loop Bikes, our plans for the next stage in its journey, and how you can get involved, click here.