Business Manager Claire Gore
A social enterprise that supports individuals with mental health issues through an innovative web design business will continue to thrive thanks to almost £70,000 of investment from the Community Economic Development Programme.
NH2 Creative Design, which operates from a premises on Dean Street, Aberdare was developed by New Horizons, a mental health organisation that operates across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.
Delivered in partnership by a consortium of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen County Borough Councils, the Community Economic Development Programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
New Horizons manages a range of services for people experiencing mental health or emotional wellbeing issues and projects the positive image of people suffering mental health problems through challenging discrimination by means of education, outreach work, information and support services.
Their creative design business which offers graphic and website services to the local community, businesses and organisations recruits and supports people who have experienced mental health issues as volunteers and through this help them to gain experience and skills to increase their confidence and to prepare them for a return to the workplace.
NH2 offers a wide range of services from corporate branding, design, promotional flyers and posters along with web design, newsletters and even wedding stationery.
All profits from NH2 are invested back in to New Horizons to help the charity to develop new and sustain existing services for those with mental health issues.
The successful funding bid include support to employ a new Business Manager whose role is to promote the newly established social enterprise, gain new customers and volunteers as well as to purchase necessary IT equipment.
Claire Gore, the Business Manager for NH2 Creative Design, explained, “As a new Social Enterprise we want to give that added value and endeavor to make the business sustainable in this current economic climate.
“By making ourselves competitive and giving good quality customer service we aim to achieve this. We want to give something back as well as running a successful enterprise that’s why our volunteering programme is a good start for anyone who does or does not suffer from mental health issues to get back into the workplace.
“We are very grateful to Community Economic Development Programme for giving us this opportunity and supporting our Social Enterprise.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Safety Cllr Paul Cannon: “NH2 is an excellent example of a social enterprise that does so much to support those with mental health issues by offering them experience of a working environment which in turn helps build their confidence and wellbeing.
“That is why it is an ideal candidate for investment by the Community Economic Development Programme whose aim is to build sustainable and vibrant communities.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is committed to doing what it can to ensure our businesses and town centres secure the investment and support they need to continue to thrive, especially in this tough economic climate.”
The Community Economic Development Programme is aimed at supporting and developing sustainability within the third sector, and reducing their reliance upon grant support. It provides a mix of development support and financial support to those that have ambitions to develop into economically sustainable organisations within the third sector, such as voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and mutuals.