Daisy Chain project aims to forge community links

Published Wednesday, 2nd September 2015
Addison Day Centre

People with learning disabilities are taking part in an innovative new project to gain valuable employment skills as well as giving back to the local community and supporting families.

Their latest venture is the Daisy Chain project – which takes unwanted and nearly-new clothes and sells them on to the community. The project is also looking to support children and families in crisis with its stock.

Daisy Chain is a joint venture between Rotherham Council’s Addison and Ad-Pro clients, based in Maltby. The initiative prepares and skills people with learning disabilities for taking the next step in to paid employment.

Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr David Roche, said: “This is a fantastic scheme which is supporting people with learning disabilities to gain real skills that can be translated to the workplace.

“Everyone involved in the project has made a real effort to get the shop looking great and full of good quality adult and children’s clothes, bags, shoes and accessories.

“So if you’re in the area, why not call in and grab yourself a bargain, while helping a very worthwhile cause!”

Dianne Harper, Assistant Manager at Ad-Pro added: “Staff and clients have put in a lot of work and transformed what was an old disused garage on our site into a real working shop.

“At the moment we are just opening a couple of days a week, but we hope to expand this and our ultimate aim would be to open a shop in Rotherham with people with learning disabilities working there in paid employment.

“Our clients – who come from Maltby, Kiveton, Dinnington and surrounding areas of Rotherham - are learning skills such as steaming the clothes, checking the quality and sorting them, adding sizes, labels and price tags as well as working in the shop which requires customer service skills and learning to operate the till.”

Danielle said she was really enjoying working on the project: “I like working in the shop the best. I really enjoy helping to tidy up in the shop and also sorting out the clothes into the right sizes.”

At the moment, Daisy Chain is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 10am and 3pm. The shop is based in the grounds of Addison on Addison Road and has a spacious changing room so you can try on items before you purchase.

Donations of good quality second hand adult and children’s clothing, bedding, toys and books are also welcomed. Daisy Chain Clothing is accessed by the driveway before the main Addison building (where the Food Aware project holds its stall on Wednesdays).