A venture with an aim to create part time employment for Deaf people in the community.
What are our aims and objectives?
To set up and manage a venture offering an ironing collection and delivery service
to the people and businesses of Reading. To man this service with Deaf people from
Where is the evidence of need?
Ironing services are thriving businesses as more and more people work longer and
longer hours. Families with children often have both parents working and providing
such a service with enable both parents to additional quality time with their children.
Single men will welcome such a service!
What will we do to address that need?
We aim to collect the ironing in specially sized baskets and charge either by the
item or by the basket or by the hour (decision still to be made)
The baskets will be brought to the centre where items will be ironed and hung for
either delivery back to the customer or collection.
Working in partnership with the Deaf Centre Trustees
We will run the service … all we ask is that you provide the space in which to operate
(we are insured for the equipment and for the staff and will take full responsibility
for that). There will be little or no profit in the venture, the plan is to pass
on all available income to the ironers, keep the cost to the customer low, and simply
cover costs. Under the CIC this would be viewed as a ‘social enterprise’ and we
would be accountable for our social mission with a pledge to re invest any profit.
Timescales and Resources
We are investigating suppliers of all we need, we have a Co-Ordinator, Karen Boswell
already in place we just need to design and deliver our service leaflets but we can’t
do that until the centre agrees to allow us to utilise a currently empty room. This
may just be for the time being. The venture may not work! If it does and we can increase
costs then we can pay rent to the centre.
We would like a 3 month trial (i.e some rent free space) in which to see whether
we can get the venture off the ground and secure work for some willing Deaf people
who will be earning some extra money.
We would aim to re visit costs / viability after 3 months.
Driven and managed by The Total Communication Community CIC