CHEC was opened in 1995 to provide a professional working environment for young, physically disabled people who had left formal education and experienced problems accessing open employment because of their disability.
Today CHEC’s objectives remain the same, to help people develop a meaningful career who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining employment. The Centre offers disabled people the opportunity to work as a team, designing, manufacturing and marketing a range of gifts and promotional items.
We use a variety of printing processes and also have an embroidery machine. All work is done on site and our office is split between the design area and the production area. Products are mainly sold to local customers including individuals, businesses, clubs and societies, but are also available for national distribution.
People who attend the centre contribute to the business in many different ways including computer design, computer controlled embroidery, press operation, producing marketing material and general office duties such as word processing and filing.
CHEC is a social enterprise. That is to say that we are a business set up to address a social need rather than to chase a profit. We exist to provide work opportunities for severely disabled adults for whom paid employment is out of reach, but who nevertheless harbour a desire to be involved in a meaningful daytime activity. CHEC gives such people access to the intrinsic benefits that work can bring such as improved self-esteem, personal development and social interaction within the community.
Our aim is to enrich the lives of adults with severe physical disabilities through work experience and training. Everyone at CHEC integrates and works together as a team to produce products for our customers, whatever their degree of ability or disability. We try and create a balance between purposeful occupation and a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can enjoy their day
At CHEC we produce a wide range of high quality printed products, from T-shirts, fleeces and hoodies, to mugs, greeting cards and banners, we strive to create anything our customers ask of us. We also offer a no minimum order policy.