SMaRT – Socially Minded and Responsible Trading™

SMaRT Garage Salford is a trading arm of the First Step Trust an innovative charity which runs social enterprises to provide work placements and training opportunities for people excluded from employment due to mental health issues, addiction, or a lack of skills.

How do SMaRT Garage achieve Social Value outcomes
  • Unique model of real experience of the work place in a controlled, supportive environment
  • Choice and flexibility regarding types of work
  • Gradual professional and personal development
  • Peer learning
  • Staff from non clinical backgrounds
What do people say about SMaRT Garage

‘Brilliant, I like working with the crew and I teach all the new lads’. (user)

‘It’s reality.’(staff)

‘We’re all about second chances and realise the nature of the beast so we try and be as open as possible’. (staff)

‘It’s getting me back to what I used to be’. (user)