Community Works has a vision that Communities in North Yorkshire, particularly around Thirsk, are strong, resilient and vibrant and individuals in the community feel that they belong, are connected and live independent, active fulfilled lives. We seeks to do this by increasing community resilience, improving social inclusion, improving well-being and increasing economic prosperity. Enterprise is one of the ways we can help achieve that vision.
Community Works is the result of a merger between The Clock and Thirsk Community Care. The two charities have combined their staff, resources and services as part of their long term plan to become self-sustaining. For more information please visit our main website.
The Community Re-Use Store was the first of our enterprises to launch. We opened in November 2018 in vacant premises that once housed the Woollon & Harwood Hardware Store in Thirsk Market Place. We collect and offer re-usable donated items of furniture and large household goods to the public at low cost. In 2019 the range extended to include bicycles, large baby equipment such as Prams and Cots, and Most recently, school uniform.
Incorporated into the Store is our Community Workshop which launched in Spring 2019. This is a place where people can volunteer to attend sessions to refurbish and repair furniture or bicycles to be sold in the Store whilst learning or sharing skills – connecting, conversing and creating.
Community Works utilised social enterprise (businesses that exist for a social purpose, not for profit) to deliver the following benefits:
- Generate income to support the delivery of The Clock’s front-line activity while creating enterprise-based opportunities for individuals and the wider community which are not currently available locally.
- Provide opportunities for local people to volunteer, learn, develop new skills and progress their journey into employment.
- Act as a conduit between those in need and those who have something to give, delivering a positive emotional and environmental impact, and making sure all of our collective resources are utilised to the maximum benefit of our community.