In 1994 an enthusiastic group of volunteers raised funds to furnish a halfway house which provided training and support to assist long term patients with mental health issues return to their community after hospital periods. The group recognised the need for jobs, to help alleviate poverty in an area of high unemployment.
With just £1000 from Business Gateway and one employee, Alloa Community Enterprises was launched as a charity, with a furniture re-use project. From those humble beginnings grew a large furniture recycling business which has continued to expand to its base now at The Hub, Whins Road which has an extensive shop and warehouse of furniture.
The charity employs around ten permanent staff and has over 20 volunteer and work placements a year for young people and those with barriers to work.
Main aims of the charity: