Calico Enterprise

Calico Enterprise aims to be a catalyst for change in people’s lives and deliver a broad range of service offers that support individuals and families.

We relieve the charitable needs of people with disabilities, ill-health or in necessitous circumstances through the provision of support services. In addition, we provide education and training for people who are unemployed, low paid, or have limited skills.

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AFTA Thought - A Calico Group Service

AFTA Thought has been creating drama-based training for over 25 years. We specialise in staff training and unique conference sessions, working closely with our clients to create unforgettable scripts and training scenarios that are realistic, recognisable and measurable. We’re hugely experienced in dealing with difficult subjects, sensitively and sensibly, to enable positive change in the workplace.

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Calico Assure

Calico Assure is an easy-to-use emergency alarm service which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

It’s designed to help you live safely, securely and independently in your own home, whilst giving your family and carers the reassurance that help is at hand should you need it.

It provides peace of mind from as little as £6 per week and installation is completely FREE.

Call us today on 01282 686770 to find out more, or to arrange a free demonstration.

We also offer a range of additional devices that can help you keep safe in your home, from smoke alarms to Key Safes – ask for more details.

Call us today

Simply call 01282 686770 – our trained team will speak to you and explain:

  • How the equipment works
  • The different options we provide
  • The referral and installation process.

Alternatively, you can e-mail us with your details and someone will get back to you.

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Careers - A Calico Group Service

Calico Careers is your number one choice for quality skills and training opportunities across East Lancashire.

We’ve helped hundreds of people into work, training or apprenticeships and our qualified careers advisors are absolutely committed to helping you realise your potential too.

We can help you:

  • Identify your key skills and top strengths
  • Explore training and development options
  • Explain your employment opportunities
  • Brush up your CV and interview skills
  • Search for jobs and plan your next steps.
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Constructing the Future - A Calico Group Service

Constructing the Future (CtF) was established in July 2010 by Lancashire Housing Partnership, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and CITB to develop careers in the construction sector.

Our vision is to educate, inspire, and support people to develop careers in the construction sector and, as a result of the support from the construction sector, over 100 apprenticeships have been created across the North West since our 2010 launch.

Our work to help get local people into employment through apprenticeship placements has been highlighted by the National Housing Federation.

Our objectives are to:

  • Ensure apprenticeships provide a high quality experience for people
  • Achieve sustainable employment outcomes
  • Maximise procurement and investment in the creation of apprenticeship opportunities
  • Promote construction trades as high quality employment opportunities

In addition to our delivery partners, we also have strategic partners that are important to the creation of apprenticeship opportunities. These include CITB, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, Lancashire Housing Partnership, and further education colleges.

Our offer

  • All individuals wishing to become an apprentice will undergo a thorough screening and assessment process.
  • Successful applicants will be directly employed by CtF and will be paid national minimum wage rates.
  • All apprentices will undergo a comprehensive health and safety induction.
  • All CtF apprentices will attend college on day release.
  • CtF will be responsible for arranging, managing and paying for all training related to the achievement of the apprenticeship.
  • Each apprentice will have a nominated CITB CSkills Training Coordinator, who will be responsible for reviewing their progress.
  • CtF will place the apprentice with local contractors to ensure they successfully complete their apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices achieving their Level 2 have the opportunity to progress to Level 3.

Benefits for the contractor

  • Contractors supporting the placement of CtF apprentices will contribute towards meeting any employment KPIs, which they are obliged to meet through Lancashire Housing Partnership and Local Authority procurement frameworks.
  • As the apprentice is employed by CtF, not the host contractor, all employment responsibilities for the apprentice remain with CtF.
  • No contractor commitment to guaranteeing continuity of employment after the placement has finished.
  • Contractors are only charged a weekly fee for hosting the apprentice.  No further costs are incurred.
  • Contractors are supporting the recruitment of apprentices, thereby ensuring a skilled and qualified workforce is able to meet future skills requirements.

Benefits for the apprentice

  • Access to high quality training and support.
  • Opportunity to work with a wide range of different contractors, providing a much broader experience.
  • Risk of not being able to complete their apprenticeship drastically reduced.
  • Achievement and success rates of CtF apprentices are above local, regional and national averages.

For more information, contact or ring 01282 686310.

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Floating Support

We work with a number of local authorities across the North of England to provide services to help people find accommodation and to sustain their tenancies.

Our service provides free support to anyone who needs help to live independently. We are here to listen, and our support will help guide you towards the reassurance you need.

The support we offer can help you to:

  • maintain your tenancy
  • set up and manage your home
  • deal with money
  • apply for the right benefits
  • access education, training and employment
  • get involved with your community.

Additionally, we work with a range of support needs, including:

  • young people
  • teenage parents
  • older people
  • homeless
  • offenders
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with learning difficulties
  • people with physical and sensory impairments
  • victims of domestic violence
  • people with drug or alcohol problems

Contact us

To find out more, or to make a referral:

Call us: 01282 686300
Visit our offices: Centenary Court, Croft Street, Burnley, BB11 2ED (Monday -Friday, 9am-5pm)

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Furniture Matters - A Calico Group Service

Furniture Matters extensively refurbish unwanted white goods, computers, cycles and other household goods, and provides them at low cost to local people in need.

Furniture Matters also offer a range of volunteering and training opportunities for people who are out of work, want to develop new skills, or want to gain vital work experience.

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Calico Interiors

Calico Interiors was established in 2007 to provide a range of decorating services. The service has a unique focus on the training and personal growth of individuals, helping people access routes to employment.

Two teams now make up Calico Interiors, the Painting and Decorating team and the Clean and Clear team.

It provides training excellence in painting and decorating, delivering opportunities for people to develop skills to help them launch a career in these fields.

We employ apprentices and trainees from the area local, often from their own estates, where the customer is a housing provider, fulfilling local labour obligations.

The teams are a mixture of apprentices employed by Calico Interiors, apprentices recruited through Constructing the Future, and trainees that complete on-site assessment and training to obtain qualifications in painting and decorating. Staff are supervised by time-served painters and decorators, ensuring quality and supporting trainees in their learning experience.

What are the benefits of Calico Interiors for trainees

Whilst employed by us, you are given the on-site experience you need to complete your qualifications to become a painter and decorator.

You are entitled to the company benefits of working for a reputable employer that was rated 8th in the Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work For list.

Any other training needs outside of the provider’s remit are covered by us to ensure you have the knowledge you require.

We will make sure you have the necessary Personal Protective Equipment required by law to start work.

You will have a qualified painter and decorator as your supervisor and mentor, providing you with practical support and advice throughout your employment.

What are the benefits of Calico Interiors for businesses/organisations?

We will assist your business in meeting its Corporate Social Responsibility by providing people with opportunities to find a career and to develop themselves, professionally and personally.

By employing a local workforce, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, we provide skills, experience, and employment opportunities that can be so hard to come by in the commercial sector.

Calico Interiors saves your business time and money by recruiting, employing, and managing the trainees, ensuring they are on track with their qualifications and that things are running smoothly for you on site.

The correct allocation and deployment of work can be a hassle for an organisation, along with the responsibility to liaise with the relevant training providers to ensure trainees are getting a wide enough range of experience. This is eliminated when contracting Calico Interiors, as we do this as standard.

We have completed a full range of internal and external painting and decorating work in a variety of property types. Materials and tools can be purchased and collected directly by Calico Interiors or through your business – whichever is best for you.

Case studies

In April 2012, the first group of employees in Wythenshawe completed their painting and decorating qualifications. All three have successfully gone into other employment opportunities. Calico Enterprise has now employed four additional residents to the scheme, working on the external painting of Parkway Green Housing Trust properties, in partnership with George Jones and Son.

Our work with Community Gateway Association led to Preston residents being given opportunities to improve their skills and get jobs. Liam Donnelly works on the scheme as a full time trainee painter and decorator:

How did you hear about the scheme?
“An old work colleague at the council told me about this opportunity. I applied and, before I knew it, I had an interview and had started work.”

What has been your best experience so far?
“I have been painting and decorating for over a year and have come a long way in that time. I believe the quality of my painting has gone from average to brilliant! I am now confident in planning my own workload and engaging with customers and professional staff. I find it very satisfying, transforming a variety of rooms.”

Would you recommend the scheme to others?
“The partnership works well. I would recommend working for Calico Interiors to anyone. I have an excellent supervisor and I am part of a team which prides itself on producing quality work within set deadlines. I have had support in achieving my NVQ in painting and decorating, health and safety training, and obtaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card – all of which helps to become a fully qualified painter and decorator.”

The Empty Homes Initiative is one that seeks to bring long term empty properties back up to a standard in which they can be lived in again. We have recently been commissioned to complete some decoration work to these properties.

Is the service available to all customers or select groups only?

The service is available to all customers – both tenanted and private homeowners – as well as commercial contracts.

What does the cost of the service include?

Quotes include both labour and material charges. Materials are supplied at a cost price, unless the customer wishes to supply their own.

Is the service limited to certain work?

There are no limits – it’s based on customer requirements.

How do I get a quote?

Contact the Interiors team on 01282 686300. We would be delighted to discuss your decorating needs. Our qualified and experienced supervisor will come along and look at what is needed. This will be followed up with a written quotation.

How do customers pay?

On completion of the works, an invoice is sent to the customer. No cash payments are accepted by the painters and decorators on site. We have an Income Recovery Policy in place should a customer not pay. Where there are larger contracts to complete, the payment terms will be negotiated individually with the customer.

Is the service provided by Calico or an external contractor?

They are all provided by us, delivering opportunities for local people.


To find out more, call us on 01282 686300.

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Syncora - The Calico Group Together

Part of Syncora

Calico Enterprise is part of Syncora – combining expertise and innovation to achieve maximum social impact.

Syncora brings together specialist companies and charities with a shared vision. Together, we achieve maximum social impact by creating effective, collaborative services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

Our flexible approach, our award-winning staff, and our wide range of expertise help us adapt to the fast-changing environment in which we work. Our purpose, imagination and passion drive us to find solutions to problems in exciting new ways.

For more information, visit the Syncora website.