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30 March 2016

Eastleigh MP Visits Charity to Learn About Transformative Effects of £500,000 Gift from Generous Benefactor

Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh, visits Mount Industries which has been given a new lease of life following a transformative gift from a donor with local links.

The half a million pound donation provides essential new equipment and employment to people with disabilities.

Eastleigh, Hampshire – 18 March 2016: Leading disability charity, Enham Trust, has revealed the transformative effects a £500,000 donation has had on the disabled and disadvantaged people it supports during a visit from Mims Davies, Conservative MP for Eastleigh, hosted by the Trust’s Chairman, Khalid Aziz.

The generous donation, gifted to the charity by a philanthropist with links to Hampshire, has provided essential new equipment for one of the charities major social enterprises, Mount Industries.

Established for over 40 years, Mount Industries provides valuable employment opportunities for disabled people living in Hampshire and the surrounding areas who may otherwise struggle to find work. The social enterprise, which currently employs 24 staff, manufactures quality and competitively priced furniture which it sells to schools and local councils across the south of England.

The donation has funded new state-of-the-art machinery, enabling the charity to increase production and continue to provide long-term sustainable employment for disabled and abled bodied employees. It has also enabled the Trust to broaden the range of products on offer, providing vital new income to ensure the long term survival of the business.

Commenting on the benefits the donation has bought the social enterprise, CEO of Enham Trust, Peta Wilkinson said, "This incredibly generous donation has given a vital boost for Mount Industries, which has enabled us to continue to sustain the current work force and provide valuable employment to those who need it most."

Mims Davies, MP, said:

Enham Trust has done a fantastic job building up a brilliant social enterprise over nearly 40 years that is giving disabled people in Eastleigh and beyond the chance of employment - many of them for the first time in their lives. The products they are creating are innovative and exciting due to the great new equipment.

It was an honour to visit and see first-hand the improvements to the factory, to meet some of the staff and hear their stories of how transformative the experience of work has been for them, especially in their confidence levels.  Almost half the current workforce has disabilities and it was excellent to see what the positivity of employment it has given the team.

I was also told how many people who start at Enham go on to other jobs or take on further responsibility. One of their major customers are Hampshire County Council, and this example shows that business can give disabled and disadvantaged people not only the confidence to get back into employment but, importantly, also the key skills."

For 39 year old Aaron, who has social phobia, anxiety and depression, the offer of employment at Mount Industries was a lifeline.

Having lost his job, Aaron said: "I tried going back to work but tended to suffer from panic attacks and my employers didn’t know how to cope with me, so always let me go due to ‘health reasons’. This really knocked my confidence and I started to feel like I would never find another job."

Aaron spent ten years out of work before joining Enham Trust’s Work Choice programme, which provided him with the confidence to take a job at Mount Industries.

"When I first started at Mount Industries in 2013, I was on the factory floor making the furniture, on a 16 hour a week contract. I was very quiet and lacked a lot of confidence – talking to anyone new was really hard," he explained.

"The staff at Mount Industries, and the Work Choice Advisors at Enham Trust, supported me at every turn; I was immediately encouraged to take on qualifications such as Fire Safety, and Manual Handling, and now I’ve progressed to Main Fitter on a full time basis! Something that, a few years ago, I never thought would be possible.

"I’ve worked in places before where I felt isolated, but not here! Enham Trust has given me opportunities that other organisations wouldn’t."

Peta Wilkinson added: "It is vital that we continue the success at Mount Industries that these funds have enabled so that more disabled people like Aaron are introduced back into employment. The new machines have enabled us to train more people and give them a chance to find work in the open job market"

"Any profits that Mount Industries make are reinvested into the Trust to support disabled people to live as independently as possible."

Mount Industries manufactures high quality furniture solutions for nurseries, classrooms and offices. They provide a range of finishes and edges and all products produced are backed by our 7 year guarantee.

The furniture designs on offer can help transform your office space into a modern, stylish and functional environment that will help you work more efficiently and make the most of the space you have available. They have a wide range of desk and storage designs, all available with optional finishes and colour options.

Mount Industries are also able to accept bespoke requests for the design and manufacturer of custom furniture to help you maximise your space and deliver a solution that matches your requirements.

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Mount Industries is an Enham Trust Social Enterprise

Enham Trust enriches the lives of over 7,500 individuals each year, as they achieve greater independence, choice and control in the cornerstone areas of their lives; housing, care, work and skills development.

Mount Industries is an Enham Trust Social Enterprise that makes valuable contributions to the success of the charity and provides our customers with essential employment opportunities. For more information about a specific Enham Social Enterprise, please click on the logo links below.

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Mount Industries
Unit 3,
Barton Park Industrial Estate,
Chickenhall Lane,
Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6RR

Telephone: 02380 612841
Fax: 02380 612577