St Luke's Hospice Plymouth
Re-use organisation of the Year nomination
About the charity:
The White Goods Workshop is a totally new venture for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth (SLH) which utilises this trading arm to generate profits to help with supporting the rest of the Income Generation directorate with meeting financial targets. It has been a large project starting from nothing, and leading up to lease of a new Workshop facility, full fitted out, purchasing of vital operational equipment such as forklifts, pallet trucks, computers/ software, etc... SLH care for people with serious illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, multiple sclerosis and chronic lung disease, treating any adult over the age of 18. We do all we can to involve patients in decisions about their care, to maintain privacy and dignity in providing that care and to respect patients’ individual rights and religious and cultural beliefs. Our approach to care is holistic, centred on the needs of the individual patient. For over 30 years we have been offering our care to patients from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall wherever they need it most, whether in the home, hospital or hospice and our teams of specialist doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and social workers make this possible.
What the charity achieved in 2016/2017:
As previously stated this is a new venture for SLH Plymouth and was the brainchild of Robert Griffiths and Mike Dukes, they made links with the FRN, took on board all of their experience and advice, and went about setting up a best-in-practice operation – no stone has been left unturned in making the Workshop as efficient and profitable as possible. Meaning that not only are we raising vital funds to help provide specialist palliative care in our local area, we are also diverting tonnes of product from landfill and managing to repurpose this to pass onto those in our local community. We also made the conscious decision to employ two former SLH volunteers so that we were able to help out those in need and recognise their good performance with us previously, as well as creating a wealth of volunteering opportunities for others who in the past, have not been able to find these types of opportunity elsewhere.
Why this matters:
Aside from the obvious profit that comes from running a sustainable operation such as this, we have also seen some great outputs on a number of different fronts. Firstly, we have linked in with our local housing association, Plymouth Community Homes, to work in partnership with them on a number of different schemes. They were previously sending white goods/furniture from their void properties to landfill which obviously is not good for the environment, and was also costing them money, we now take these items free of charge, and repurpose them for sale back into the local community – as well as this, PCH also signpost tenants in need to us and we kit them out for their property incorporating a heavy discount. Secondly, we have linked with the local College to offer work placement/experience opportunities for a number of different students and apprentices to give them the opportunity to volunteer for a good cause, whilst also building their own skill set and evidence for their portfolios.
To learn more about the charity, visit their website: https://www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/
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