“Devon Disability Collective is a Social Enterprise that provides quality employment & training for people with disabilities & those furthest from the labour market through our own commercial enterprises”
Devon Disability Collective (DDC) is a multipurpose 10,000sq ft site. Our people have over 55 years of experience: contract sewing, upholstering and manufacturing wheelchair products to BSI ISO 9001. Onsite we operate a fully stocked mobility Showroom.
Our commitment towards enhancing independence and opportunity for those with disabilities is at the core of our business, specialising in providing goods that help people with disabilities manage the challenges they face, to support independence and promote wider lifestyle choices.
This is a not for profit organisation and everyone who works here has voting rights. Our work is about the importance of the people who work with us, the quality and value of the goods we produce and essentially about really understanding and valuing the needs of people we provide our goods and services for.
We see everyone has a strong ability and it is our aim to reduce the unfair disadvantages that disabled people face in the job market. 70% of our 24 members of staff are considered disabled.
“7% of those with a learning disability of working age are in employment”
“47% of disabled people are in work, compared to 80% of the average population”
The DDC staff along with support from Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and the Community Union undertook a business takeover from Pluss in July 2015. The long-serving members of staff (most of whom are disabled) now own and manage the business, which has been operating for over 55 years in a 10,000 sq ft factory based on Marsh Barton Industrial Estate in Exeter. The head of Devon County Council – John Hart and his team fully backs DDC and the business plan going forward, in terms of a 120k loan made to the company. The Board of Directors is made up of three long serving employees and three Non-Executive Directors (Richard Westlake Devon County Council Councillor, Rosie Denham Exeter City Councillor and Peter Brennan Managing Director of Vapormatic – part of the John Deere Group). Joe Mann MBE, Chairman of DDC – previously Deputy General Secretary of community. MP Ben Bradshaw is the Company Patron.
Our Exeter Operations
- Mobility Showroom
- Mobility and Healthcare Services (Servicing and Hire)
- Wheelchair Upholstery Products
- Re-upholstery Services – auto-motive, marine, traditional and commercial
- Light Engineering and Assembly
- Contract Sewing and Packing
- DDC Hub – Meeting & training Rooms
If you would like to support the Collective with a single or monthly donation of your choice, please click on the following link. Your donation will help us achieve our social purpose, “to provide quality employment and training to people with disabilities and those furthest from the labour market”.
Your help is much appreciated