An innovative Rhondda Cynon Taf social enterprise providing web and graphic design, training and print services is opening new premises this week after receiving a £69,000 boost.
NH2 Creative Design in Aberdare has been given an award by the EU-backed South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme and is officially opening its new offices this Thursday (July 17) after successfully growing the business.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, SEWCED is run by a six-Valleys local authorities’ consortium of Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen and has invested over £7m in 100 social enterprises since 2010, helping create 90 jobs.
NH2 was established in 2013 by New Horizons, a mental health charity operating across the Cwm Taf Health Board area, which has also developed and managed the mental health support website www.mentalhealthsupport.co.uk and the Mental Health Service Directory
Building on the success of New Horizons, NH2 was established as its trading arm, and the SEWCED funding has helped towards the appointment of Business Manager Claire Gore and the purchase of new IT equipment.
NH2 has a policy of recruiting staff and volunteers who have an understanding or have experienced mental health problems to give them experience and skills that help increase their confidence and to prepare them for a return to the workplace.
Its services include logo and stationery design, corporate branding, brochures and newsletters - as well as website design and management and print services - for a wide range of clients such as third sector organisations and small to medium sized businesses.
NH2 recently worked with Interlink RCT service users to develop and design marketing materials for its INFORM project, which supports service user involvement in the planning, delivery and evaluation of mental health services across RCT and Merthyr Tydfil.
“We asked New Horizons to design some marketing material for our project and we were very pleased with the result,” said Rachel Wyatt, Mental Health Service User Involvement Development Officer with Interlink.
“Claire was really helpful and provided various possible examples of designs, modifying our chosen one on several occasions following feedback from service users.”
Claire Gore added: “As a new social enterprise, we want to give added value and endeavour to make the business sustainable in this current economic climate.
“We want to give something back, as well as running a successful enterprise - and that’s why our volunteering programme is a good start for anyone who does suffer from mental health issues to get back into the workplace. We’re very grateful to SEWCED for giving us this opportunity and supporting us.”
• The official opening on July 17 will feature guest speaker Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre. “This is a fantastic chance for NH2 to develop and expand our services,” said Claire Gore. new horizons claire gore.
NH2 can be contacted on 01685 876114, or email firstname.lastname@example.org