New case study – Westbank Enterprises – Co-production of a service

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Perth and Kinross Council transformed its plant nursery into a Social Firm providing employability opportunities to vulnerable clients of PKC’s Youth Justice, Mental Health and Learning Disability teams through coproduction with the Shaw Trust using the PSP model.


In 2010 Perth and Kinross Council’s (PKC) Housing & Community Care Department undertook a review of its employability services and transformed its approach to providing employability services for those people furthest away from the labour market as part of its Transformation Project on Employability.

The 2011 Feasibility Study identified that a Social Firm model in partnership with a third sector
organisation was the preferred model for the future.

At the same time the requirement for savings in the Environment Service budget forced the Council to close its plant nursery at Westbank.

The decision was made to look for a third sector partner to establish a social firm for clients of
PKC’s Youth Justice, Mental Health and Learning Disability teams. After a lengthy and thorough process PKC has entered into a partnership with the national charity Shaw Trust to establish in Westbank Enterprises in May 2014, a horticultural social enterprise providing 6-month placements for people with physical disabilities, mental health issues or learning disabilities.

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