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Working with Pluss - an award-winning social enterprise for employment opportunities

When it comes to recruitment, Pebbles looks to nurture excellence in our team, but as a family-run business we also like nothing more than helping someone to realise their potential.  This year in particular, we were introduced to a lady who has become a highly valued and intrinsic part of our Housekeeping team, but needed an opportunity to shine.

Pluss is an award-winning Community Interest Company that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages to move towards and into employment each year. Working primarily with people with learning disabilities and health conditions, they deliver a working health programme in South Devon.  They get referrals from the job centre for people who are interested in finding work but who are finding it hard to do so because of health problem or disability. 

Earlier this year Pluss contacted us to see if we would meet with and interview Louise.  Louise was very shy and had struggled to find work because of her learning difficulties.  She had a lovely chat with Carly, our Property Operations Assistant Manager, who felt she would make a valuable addition to the team, and we worked together with Ryan at Pluss to make sure Louise had the right support at work. 

• We paired Louise with our caring housekeepers who provided training as we do with all new members of staff.

• We helped Louise to confirm her hours and availability to work.  As she found our internal communications system difficult to adjust, to we found solutions in other forms of communication that worked best for her.

• And we worked closely with Pluss providing regular progress reports to ensure Louise was happy and thriving in the workplace.

Since then, Louise has fitted into the team perfectly.  She is much liked by her colleagues, and she has made such wonderful progress that she has been put forward for a Progress Award at Pluss.  While Ryan and the team at Pluss provide the people they work with, with an ongoing support service, Louise has not felt the need to access it since joining.  

Ryan said: “She knows  she can contact me at any time but the truth is that she isn’t, which is a great sign.  She texts me to tell me that she loves it and the people she works with, and that she is very happy.  I asked her if she would be happy to do her job permanently and she has said she would.  She really feels she has found the right place for her."

On working with Pebbles, Ryan said: “From day one Pebbles has been a receptive and thoughtful employer. I can’t praise Carly and the team at Pebbles enough for their open, approachable and inclusive attitude, and as a result they now have another happy and motivated person in their team.”

“From day one Pebbles has been a receptive and thoughtful employer. I can’t praise Carly and the team at Pebbles enough for their open, approachable and inclusive attitude, and as a result they now have another happy and motivated person in their team.”
Ryan at Pluss

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