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Accession Social Enterprise

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Originally a pilot service funded in 2010 by Ealing Borough Council and West London Mental Health Trust, the organisation was inspired by a project in South Wales. It was driven by a policy context of trying to move services for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities away from institutional and public health settings e.g.mental health rehabilitation units and day centres. This combined with the local economic pressures to pave the way for this alternative way of supporting people with particular needs, thanks to the vision of local staff. It has been run as an independent social enterprise since April 2014.

Building on activities that were already provided by these previous support settings, Accession now runs a range of businesses including: print & design; picture framing, horticulture and grounds maintenance, arts and crafts, catering; furniture upcycling and has opened 2 community shops. More than 100 trainees are currently supported by 20 staff and 20-30 volunteers to train, volunteer or take on work placements across these businesses. This aims to prevent social isolation and give adults with physical, learning or long term mental health difficulties the opportunity to gain or regain more independence through employment.

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Community services

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Adults with learning disabilities; Adults with mental health problems; Adults with physical disabilities

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