A Harrogate charity that helps those with disabilities and health needs to secure employment has established an outreach base in Pateley Bridge following the appointment of a full time development officer for the area.
Paperworks, which has been operating in Harrogate for 18 years, has appointed Lynn Owen as Outreach Development Officer to help it extend its services to more rural parts of the district.
Lynn will work with Katy Penn of the Nidderdale Plus Partnership to establish a regular presence for the charity in the Nidderdale area.
Paperworks provides work experience and skills training for people with learning disabilities and health related barriers to work with a view to moving them towards permanent employment. It also provides business support services including direct mailing, printing and order picking and became the first social enterprise in North Yorkshire to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
Paperworks manager Damien Handslip said:
We are delighted that Lynn will be leading the project for us in Pateley Bridge, bringing our services within reach of people in the outlying areas of North Yorkshire for the first time.
We have been aware of a need for our services beyond Harrogate for some time and we are looking forward to being able to meet that demand.
The feedback I have received so far is that most services are centred on Harrogate and Ripon so the aim of the project will be to recruit trainees from rural areas and work with rural businesses and voluntary organisations to create work opportunities for them.
I enjoy working with people to help them achieve something and I’m looking forward to setting up the new Paperworks project in Pateley Bridge and supporting trainees in the local area.
Lynn, who lives in Boroughbridge with her husband, two cocker spaniels, three Shetland sheep and flock of bantam hens, said she would be working hard to raise the profile of Paperworks with individuals and organisations in the Pateley Bridge area.