“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”
Devon Disability Collective (DDC) was formed in July 2015 following the closure of Pluss. The long-serving members of staff (most of whom have a disability) now own and manage the business which has been operating for over 55 years, in Marsh Barton Industrial Estate Exeter.
DDC’s strong links with Exeter City Council, Devon County Council, and the Community Union helped establish the business and provided ongoing employment for employees made redundant by Pluss. The Board of Directors maintains these valuable links with the local government coupled with additional expertise from the local business community.
The Board is chaired by Joe Mann MBE, former Deputy General Secretary of Community Trade Union and General Secretary of the National League of The Blind and Disabled (1995-2000), who brings an abundance of experience and influence to drive forward DDC’s vision of providing employment for people with disabilities.
The Board of Directors is supported by three Non-Executive Directors; – Yvonne Atkinson Devon County Council Councillor, Trish Oliver Exeter City Councillor, and Peter Brennan who brings a wealth of commercial experience.
DDC’s Patron, local MP Ben Bradshaw, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who is an advocate and promoter of disability rights, and the head of Devon County Council John Hart who continues to provide invaluable support.
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