Bringing Plymouth communities together!

Bringing Plymouth communities together to help people find and stay in work, and improve health and wellbeing  

Community, by definition, means a group of people who feel some sense of belonging or interpersonal connection. It’s an invaluable part of today’s society.

Pluss, a social enterprise that helps people into work, and its partners are opening a ‘Pop-up Shop’ meets ‘Community Hub’ in the centre of Plymouth with the aim of pulling together the community of the city.

The hub will be open five days a week (including Saturday’s) for anyone to drop in and be a part of the action. Situated at 65 New George Street, Plymouth, PL1 1RJ.

The partners include: Cosmic, Pop Plus, WorkFit, Work and Health, Live Well, Work Routes, the Learning Disability Team, the Enterprise Manufacturing team and the Positive People team and many more organisations.

All bring their own ideas and unique ways to help towards find and stay work, and improve their Health and Wellbeing through community activities.

What services will be on offer?

To name just a few, Cosmic (the digital partner) will be holding gadget shows and digital sessions. Giving people the chance to explore today’s technology advances and learn how this could help in their own day to day lives.

LiveWell South West will be providing free health checks, an invaluable resource that can be hard to find.

Pluss will be on hand to offer support and guidance to people who want to find work, self-employment or who are struggling in their work due to a disability or health condition.

Furthermore, with World Mental Health Day approaching (10th October), it’s more important than ever to discuss, inform and be proactive. There will be informative discussions being held, with the chance to talk to someone and seek any help needed.

We will be showcasing everything Pluss has to offer and providing 1:1 support sessions for the people of Plymouth as well as holding a variety of exciting and stimulating wellbeing activities.

How to know what is on and when?

There will be timetables on view in the window and regular updates on our social media (https://www.facebook.com/BBOPositivePeople/ and https://www.facebook.com/PlussInspires/ ), displaying all the activities and when they’ll be so that anyone can check themselves in for workshops that they feel will benefit.

Snacks and refreshments will be also available daily.

The shop will remain open throughout half term as well, holding fun, creative and colourful family friendly activities!

A bit about Pluss

Pluss is a Social Enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages into employment each year. We do this through a range of specialist, local employment services and through direct employment within our own Social Enterprises.

We passionately believe that our services should always include those furthest from the labour market and offer specialist employment support to people with a learning disability, mental health issues, physical disabilities and long-term health issues.

We also believe that people with disabilities make excellent employees and are committed to directly employing disabled people; around half of our 250-strong workforce has a disability.

Notes to editor:

  1. For more information contact [email protected] or [email protected]
  2. Pluss is a Social Enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages each year to find employment and achieve a career.
  3. Our Positive People programme is a partnership between Pluss, Cosmic, Pop Plus, Torbay Community Development Trust and Devon Community Foundation. It offers a lifeline to anyone who is over 25 and out of work to build hope, confidence and skills. It is funded by the European Social Fund and the national Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
  4. The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

The BBO project (Positive People) has received £5 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/europeangrowth-funding