Spacious Place Contact (SPC) is an innovative social enterprise specialising in bespoke support, training and employment of local people in need in Burnley and Greater Manchester. SASC invested in SPC alongside a grant from Power to Change.
SPC's core aim is to support those who need it most through a bespoke engagement to employment programme coupled with wrap-around support, confidence building and personal development. SASC has invested in SPC alongside a grant from our partners Power to Change.
SPC’s delivery model is based on a ‘wrap around’ service which helps individuals in all aspects of their lives, with training and employment at its core. Its mission is to give disadvantaged people from Burnley an opportunity to successfully reintegrate into society through professional skills development. Its first corporate partnership for testing this model is with a contact centre provider, Intelling UK ltd. Based on its experience over the first 15 months of trading SPC has been looking to develop its delivery model so as to be able to provide support services to employees of other organisations.
SASC made a £1.5m loan to help purchase Slater Terrace, a grade-II listed former cotton mill in Burnley. The purchase will enable SPC to set up a call centre as a place of employment and training for ex-offenders and local vulnerable people in a fully supportive environment. The investment also enables Slater Terrace to be put into community use for the people of Burnley. The SASC investment has also been supported by a £500k grant from the Power to Change Trust, one of our partner organisations.
The investment has helped create a safe and supportive environment. Here, vulnerable adults can acquire the skills needed to grow in confidence and progress towards more stable and secure living. SPC has been working with a range of individuals including ex-offenders, long term unemployed and disadvantaged young people who are socially isolated and far from the job market. The project will also contribute to the regeneration of a deprived area of Burnley by creating a high quality hub for businesses.