Social Enterprises

We have 3 social enterprise businesses: Better Health Bikes, Better Health Bakery and Better Health Products Ltd.

In 2016 the social enterprise was one of fifty organisations in the UK selected by The Observer and NESTA for national recognition as a 'New Radical'.

In 2016 the social enterprise was one of fifty organisations in the UK selected by The Observer and NESTA for national recognition as a 'New Radical'.

We provide time limited trainee placements to adults recovering from mental ill health.  Our placements are for adults (18+) from all London boroughs and beyond, who can be referred by a number of organisations including occupational therapists, CMHT’s, Support and Social workers, Psychiatrists or their GP.  We also accept self-referrals.

Our trainee placements would suit highly motivated individuals looking to enter employment, and as such we do not make funding a barrier to any suitable applicants. 

We currently have funded placements available for Hackney residents. As a mental health charity where possible we do however ask individuals and organisations to explore funding options where available.

An external evaluation conducted on the social enterprise highlights some of the benefits to be gained from a placement.

Trainee placements consist of on the job training, peer-to-peer training, team work as well as informal learning. The aim is for individuals to gain confidence and develop new skills whilst on placement.  Often these skills might be the 'soft skills' that people lose if they have not worked for some time.  Once the placement has ended we work with trainees to identify and secure next steps in education, volunteer work or open employment. 


Trainee's story at Better Health Bikes

Better Health Bikes offers to the public affordable bike servicing and sales,  puncture repairs, along with free bike health checks and simple bike fitting.  Trainees in the enterprise learn skills in bike maintenance and repair by working on a bike stand, upcycling donated bicycles under the guidance of a trained mechanic. 


Meet Howard a trainee at Better Health Bakery........

The Better Health Bakery produces good quality, handmade bread.  Baking bread is a therapeutic craft.  It is both satisfying and gives a sense of achievement.

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Better Health Products Ltd is a leading provider of polyurethane products to the healthcare industry. These products include protection covers, immobilisation & positioning cushions and vacuum casting bags.  This placement is suitable for individuals who have an interest in the manufacturing process. Most of the training will be on the job, including processing orders, production, dispatching and stock control.

What trainees say about their placement

“The Better Health bakery is here to help look after the wellbeing of its volunteers. They give you a three month opportunity to learn new things and build your confidence for you to forge ahead in life. I fully enjoyed my time at Better Health and would recommend it to someone else.”

“Working here is satisfying. Have a lot of laughs, chilled out environment, improve step by step.Keeping busy is good therapy.”

For more information or to discuss a placement further, please email: 
or call: 020 8985 3570