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Vivark provides invaluable training opportunities to support rehabilitation

North West-based facilities management company, Vivark, has teamed up with community regeneration specialist to pilot an innovative new scheme which provides invaluable work experience for Liverpool offenders looking to turn their lives around.

Under the New Leaf project, participants develop the skills needed to undertake work in a professional workshop environment, concentrating particularly on the production of high quality, durable fence panels and gates.

This collaborative partnership sees Vivark work with social enterprise Fusion21 as part of the Government-led ‘Break the Cycle’ scheme.

Under such schemes, select individuals work for up to 40 hours a week in order to gain viable work experience to improve the chance of employment on release and reduce the risk of reoffending – in this case, gaining quality facilities management training and mentoring while they work.

Executive director at Vivark, Tony Cahill, said: “As a facilities management and refurbishment company operating with a social purpose, we aim to offer life changing opportunities for people who want to develop a future career either in the facilities management sector or its supply chain.

“In manufacturing these panels, the people involved are experiencing a ‘real life’ working environment, complete with the same deadlines and high standards any employee would be expected to work to. Furthermore, Vivark is able to source quality products to use across its landscaping and fencing contracts which offer clients an even better service.”

The high quality, long lasting fence panels and gates will be available for businesses to purchase from Vivark when New Leaf launches its product range later this month.

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Notes to editor:

Vivark Ltd is an experienced facilities management company that has been providing services to customers across the North West for over ten years.

Part of the First Ark Group, our mission is to create success by delivering services which add value and exceed our customers’ expectations.

Vivark works with a range of sectors including commercial, education, healthcare, social housing, private housing and the public sector, providing services that cover the life cycle of buildings from repairs and maintenance to facilities management and refurbishment.

As well as delivering great services, we offer added value for our customers and the communities in which they live and work through our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. This means that when you work with Vivark you’re also doing your bit for your community.



Fusion21 is a social enterprise that promotes bespoke procurement services to generate savings for the public sector.  All profits are ploughed back into communities to create social value in terms of job opportunities and community regeneration. Since 2002 Fusion21 has gained national recognition for its collaborative approach; delivering over £100m savings through the procurement process, creating over 1900 jobs and generating an estimated financial benefit in excess of £30m through regular paid work and reductions in benefit claims.

Posted by: vivark
March 2016

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