John Penrose dropped in on Alliance Homes to take a look at their revolutionary new car cleaning service, which they are rolling out across Bristol and North Somerset in partnership with Pluss.
Future Clean is the latest initiative for Alliance Homes and supports people with disabilities and other disadvantages to find employment and training.
The environmentally-friendly car cleaning service uses less than a cup of rainwater to clean cars and all the products used are completely biodegradable which means no nasty chemicals are washed down the drain.
Recruitment for Future Clean valets, Martyn Cowd and Stephen Nicholls was done through the Career Transition Partnership (part of the Ministry of Defence), the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and through westonworks in Weston-super-Mare. Martyn was injured whilst serving in Afghanistan and Stephen lost his eyesight but following a cornea transplant was able to see again and wanted to return to work.
John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare said: “Getting people back into work isn’t what most people expect from a housing association, but Alliance Homes is blazing a trail by providing employment opportunities. This is good news for Weston and for the people involved.”
Initially, Future Clean will be based at the Alliance Homes’ office in Portishead but the social enterprise is working closely with local Councils and businesses to identify more sites in Bristol and North Somerset. For more information about the service contact Alliance Homes on 03000 120 120.