Resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive, part of The Wrekin Housing Group, has pledged its ongoing support for Telford College’s foundation students.
Products are chosen by the students for the college’s pop-up shop, which is also run exclusively by them and is located at the heart of college campus.
The foundation department is aimed at young people predominantly in the 16-19 age bracket with special education needs (SEN).
Students work on a bespoke curriculum to enable them to access one if not all of the four pathways for adulthood; Independent (or supported) Living, Good Health, Community Participation and Employment or Further Education.
Julian Price, managing director at Reviive, said: “We first supported this project last year and will continue to do so indefinitely, with the aim of students visiting our Shrewsbury outlet to pick and choose the products for their shop on a regular basis.
“We hope that our contribution helps them to gain an understanding of retail and the confidence to deal with the outside world.”
Reviive was established as a social enterprise in 2010 by two Shropshire based charities – Shropshire Housing Alliance and South Shropshire Furniture Scheme.
In 2016 it became a direct subsidiary of The Wrekin Housing Trust, now The Wrekin Housing Group. It has two outlets centres in Shropshire at Oswestry and Shrewsbury, as well as an online shop at www.reviive.co.uk.
Its aims are to directly help young people and the long-term unemployed with opportunities to work in a supportive environment and learn and grow in confidence so they can enter the job market in a stronger position.