'Cut it Out' Social Enterprise

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Community woodworking enterprise for low income and disadvantaged Unity tenants

How will the funding be spent?

Vulnerable and low-income people often have poor experiences with learning. Many of them simply can’t find work. Learning new skills and being able to sell what is made can turn lives around. Funding will provide woodwork training; experience in managing money; website sales and employment mentoring. By selling their own woodwork items tenants will build self-confidence and skill as well as contribute to a social enterprise that works for them. Change the world one step at a time.

How will the project be delivered?

All Unity boarding and community housing tenants will be invited to participate in either making woodwork items for sale or helping to set up the on-line sales platform. Woodworking workshops will be run at the Glandore Community Centre where participants will be able to work on group or solo projects. Participants will sell items they make on a created website. The money received will be shared between the maker and the enterprise so that both will benefit and it will be sustainable.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

50 participants 100s of buyers

How will you measure the impact of this project?

Unity measures outcomes and this project will be measured based on the number of tenants who: commence training; complete the program; enter further education or training; receive employment mentoring; or who gain employment elsewhere. This will be reported against the project’s business plan. Income and expenditure will be closely monitored. We will also ask tenants what they think and record their level of satisfaction and identify what aspects of their life changed as a result of this program.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

This program is all about stabilizing the lives of people who are doing it tough. Unity connects with our tenants in many ways and this program will assist them to grow with skills and confidence so that they can more fully participate in their community. There is no quick fix and this does not happen overnight. By building individual skills and creating a pathway to self-reliance Unity can support not only their personal growth and sense of belonging but also their employment potential.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Unity Housing

What does this organisation do?

Unity provides safe, secure and sustainable accommodation for people on low incomes. This ranges from people who simply need affordable housing to people who are vulnerable and may be at risk of or experiencing homelessness and people living with a disability. Unity operates boarding houses in the Adelaide CBD and a range of range of social housing options across South Australia. Unity is a recognised leader in the provision, management and ownership of community housing, boarding houses and affordable housing. It comprises approximately 25% of the not-for-profit community housing sector in South Australia.

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