Charity partnership scoops BBC Springwatch contract
ThriveResponse, an Oxford based charity enterprise which employs and trains people from disadvantaged backgrounds, has scooped a contract to design and manufacture wooden animal habitats branded by BBC Springwatch.
The first orders for over 3,000 bird and bat boxes will be in national retail outlets across the UK from early June. It’s hoped to be the first of a range of further high-volume orders that will include other animal habitats such as hedgehog homes.
ThriveResponse, established in late 2015 is a partnership between Thrive Social Business and Response Organisation, and also incorporates the Pathway Workshop charity.
From their workshop in Blackbird Leys, ThriveResponse provides positive activity, training and employment for people who often face prejudice and exclusion. Over 80% of its staff have faced a variety of difficulties.
Rick Mower, Managing Director of Thrive said: “No matter what challenges people are facing, be it a mental health issue, recovery from addiction, a learning or physical disability or just trying to move away from negative behaviours of any sort, they need a positive place that gives them a chance to work, learn skills, meet new friends and feel part of something that makes them proud. That’s what ThriveResponse provides”.
‘We’re chuffed to bits to have won this work. It shows that a socially driven enterprise can compete on quality and price against global competition but also demonstrates how powerful partnerships can make a real difference’ says John McLaughlin, CEO of Response.
“We’re all about delivering brilliant products and, by doing that, showing that people who have endured some pretty tough times have a huge amount of resilience, creativity, dedication and energy” says Rick. “We have an amazing workforce and our ethos is to break down
social stigma by making great products. Not by talking about it. It’s that simple”.
“We’re getting a lot of interest from companies, retailers and institutions who want to buy great UK made products but also want to be directly creating social impact” John adds. “By reaching out and engaging with these organisations, we can keep growing and be a place where more and more people can take positive steps, no matter what life challenges they face”.