Representatives from a range of Swindon businesses gathered at the Central Community Centre in Emlyn Square for the launch of the Swindon Social Enterprise Network.
To kickstart the initiative, attendees were shown a four-minute film, produced by Create Studios which outlined the scope and objectives of two social enterprise schemes operated by the Salvation Army from Booth House.
The first of the two schemes, Recycles, aims to refurbish bicycles for resale, as well as providing repairs, servicing and training courses for those wanting to maintain their own bikes.
The second scheme, The Sandwich People, offers a reasonably priced breakfast and lunch buffet service to local companies and other organisations.
The Salvation Army’s Booth House www.salvationarmy.org.uk/booth-house-swindon accommodates men and women experiencing homelessness. They work with them to identify their needs to achieve independent living. The two social enterprise projects that are run from Booth House provide residents with opportunities to acquire new skills and qualifications in a work environment.