Pioneering Yorkshire mental health charity, Claro Enterprises, has scooped a prestigious award, presented by the Duke of York at a ceremony in Sheffield Cathedral.
The Harrogate not-for-profit organisation has been providing vital employment training to people of 18 years and over with severe, long-term mental health problems for 25 years.
Operating as a commercial factory, the Starbeck-based workshop introduces or reintroduces vulnerable people to a real workplace, manufacturing a wide range of products for local businesses and consumers in a safe, supportive environment.
Through training and personal development, Claro Enterprises improves learners’ confidence, independence, self-esteem and skills. Some transition into meaningful employment while others gain a sense of purpose and community; the common aim, however, is an improved quality of life.
The innovative charity’s vice chair, Chris Brown MBE, took two longstanding attendees, Alan Mitchell and Will Booth, along with him to accept the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award. It confers numerous benefits, such as permission to use the royal logo and access to a range of useful workshops with fellow winners.
Recognising Claro Enterprises’ vital work in its local community, the presentation followed a visit by Award officials. They spent a day at the factory, checking quality procedures and processes, viewing products and interviewing trainees.
Claro Enterprises also provides business services, such as packing, barcoding, wrapping and light assembly for manufacturers and collating, labelling and folding for print companies.
PlatinumHPL CEO, David Wyvill, is a longstanding customer and said: “Claro Enterprises regularly completes a range of jobs for us and our clients, always to a high standard and often with tight deadlines and have never let us down.”
The centre, which is regularly attended by over 40 clients, is managed by Owen Jones, who said: “We bring huge benefits to individuals, carers and families in the Harrogate area and our first priority is the wellbeing of trainees, rather than the bottom line.
“As such, fundraising is a constant driver, which is why we are thrilled to have a fantastic award that will boost awareness of our work among potential customers, donors and sponsors.”
Earlier this year, intrepid Chris Brown raised £9,000 for the not-for-profit by cycling the 1,500 mile length of New Zealand, in partnership with Chris I’Anson, managing director of I’Anson Brothers farm feeds – a Claro Enterprises customer and benefactor.