The Linen SHIFT 2020
In March 2020 we transitioned our laundry service from our residential base into it’s new premises in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. It was a big day that had taken a year of planning and research. The Linen Shift came into its own as an independent Social Enterprise.
… and we haven’t looked back. It has been a roller coaster ride through which we have employed a number of women in need, building an amazing resiliant team through a supported working environment.
In just 9 months the team has grown to 11 and we have provided over 2,900 hours of paid employment.
The Linen Shift invested in top of the range professional industrial equipment which has increased our capacity to service new clients and offer a wider range of services.
Most importantly we have invested in our staff, providing training and support, work experience and skills both for current and future employment. And the priceless gift of being valued in the workplace and part of a community.
Since March 2020 demand has increased and we have grown quickly to accommodate this, completeing over 8,500 loads of washing and over 44,000 hours of ironing.
Covid brough it’s own challenges early on and team safety and welbeing is our highest priority so new protocols were put into place to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
“SHIFT gives me more than financial stability. SHIFT gives me emotional support. It is where I can share and connect with women and learn from our different and shared experiences.”
Support and Success
By providing a successful Social Enterprise employment pathway, the Linen SHIFT has demonstrated support for women in need as well as providing funding required to maintain the residential well-being program, the SHIFT Project.
The Linen SHIFT is proud to supply 5 star laundry services to 5 star resorts and boutique accomodation. Thanks must go to our first client and supporter; award winning resort, Elements of Byron for choosing and loving our service so much and supporting us to employ more women.
“I value my role at the Linen SHIFT so much. Since beginning here I am achieving more financial independence and a greater sense of self worth. I feel good about coming to work and my daughter is really happy that her mum has a stable job. Being a part of such a supportive team of women is so amazing and I really feel like I belong.”
As can be seen by the success of the Linen SHIFT, there is a need in the Northern Rivers for a range of social enterprises to further support employment pathways for vulnerable women.
The SHIFT Project for 2021 hopes to add to our services a space to create an incubator hub for skills development and further social enterprise initiatives to empower and employ more women enabling them to become financially independent and amazing contributors to our community.