Social housing group takes over former auction house in Saltburn

NEW START: Coast and Country's Iain Sim (right) with former owner John Simmons and his wife Victoria.

NEW START: Coast and Country's Iain Sim (right) with former owner John Simmons and his wife Victoria.

First published in News

A SOCIAL housing group has taken over the former Saltburn Salerooms building to enable it to sell affordable second-hand furniture and offer training opportunities.

Coast and Country’s (CORR) ReFurnish scheme is part of the organisations Forging Futures initiative that delivers training designed to motivate and increase self-esteem.

The project will provide a number of volunteering opportunities for those who wish to build their skills, broaden their knowledge and give something back to the community.

Tracy O’Neill, head of community Investment at Coast & Country, said: “This is going to be one of our most exciting projects to date and will encompass all of our social values, including tackling worklessness and providing a facility that will have positive benefits for a whole community.

“We will aim to enable people to fulfil their potential by providing a supportive and friendly working environment where confidence, skills and experience can be developed.”

Former auctioneer John Simmons, who retired last year, said: “This is an ambitious, thoughtful and sensible project which will also create much needed work experience and training opportunities.”

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9:20am Tue 22 Jul 14

AllAboardTheSkylark says...

Ah, "worklessness", Iain Duncan Smith's favourite term to imply fecklessness, idleness, and that being out of work is akin to having some unspeakable social disease. Of course, it diverts us from the truth, which is "unemployed because there are no jobs".
Ah, "worklessness", Iain Duncan Smith's favourite term to imply fecklessness, idleness, and that being out of work is akin to having some unspeakable social disease. Of course, it diverts us from the truth, which is "unemployed because there are no jobs". AllAboardTheSkylark
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