Disability centre is well run business

Clare Mappin of the Burton Street Foundation
Clare Mappin of the Burton Street Foundation

A Sheffield training centre for people with learning and physical disabilities has posted a record turnover and surplus - as it urges more companies to offer clients work experience and jobs.

Burton Street Foundation turned over £1.4m in the last year, up from £1m in 2012-13, and made £82,000, which it will re-invest in the organisation.

The not-for-profit community enterprise, based in Hillsborough, is used by 300 people a week.

Operations director, Clare Mappin, said: “A record turnover and surplus means our trustees, all of whom are volunteers, can invest every penny into the services we offer.

“But it is also vital that local employers now start look to Burton St when they are recruiting as our people are skilled, reliable and eager to work hard.

“We specialise in catering and hospitality, gardening, building maintenance and cleaning, so our clients have skills that many companies need.

“Having such positive financial results gives us the confidence to approach companies to ensure we can map out a way forward for the people who come here to learn and acquire skills they need beyond what we can give them.

“A chief goal is to develop partnerships with local companies that can offer work experience and even jobs to people from an often neglected part of society but who have a great deal to offer.

“We believe everyone has a part to play and that includes the commercial sector.”

The centre had a £3m revamp last year. It is now expanding services for adults and older children to other parts of the city.

The Foundation is also encouraging more local companies to make use of its facilities at Burton St’s Hillsborough headquarters.

They include offices, conference rooms, a gym, café, hairdresser, restaurant, sports facilities and even a recording studio.

Tenants include performing arts theatre company, A Mind Apart, Yellow Bus events and See Ability, a sight loss training organisation for people with learning difficulties.