Hillcrest Enterprises is the social enterprises arm of the Hillcrest Group and provides a wider range of services to the community. These include:
• Community based training facilities for apprentices and the long term unemployed
Hillcrest Enterprises has been home to the Group’s innovative apprenticeship training programme since 2003. Hillcrest Enterprises is an accredited training provider with SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) and has SQMS (Scottish Quality Management System) accreditation.
• A maintenance service for housing repairs and improvements
Hillcrest Maintenance Services (HMS) was set up to carry out maintenance works on behalf of Hillcrest Housing Association and their tenants. The rationale being to help improve service levels to tenants and to realise in-house efficiency savings and financial savings, both of which would reduce costs for Hillcrest Housing Association and their tenants.
Since the first maintenance works were carried out in August 2007, with a team of 6 staff using 2 vans, HMS has undergone a rapid growth in size and now has over 60 staff and over 30 vans.
• Agency services to other third sector organisations
Having successfully managed staff for over 40 years in Social Housing and Social Care, they have the knowledge and expertise to provide a range of Human Resources, Health & Safety and other corporate services to suit the particular demands of the "Third Sector". Services available include: Recruitment and Selection, Psychometric Testing, Pay Review and Grading, Payroll, Employee Relations (including Mediation), Health & Safety Complicance (including Risk Assessments), HR and Financial Health Checks, Investigations and Conflict Resolution
• Social advice in conjunction with local government and other organisations.
This includes bespoke services such as Money Advice; Making Money Work; Tenancy sustainment( Dundee and Edinburgh).
In March 2011, Dundee SEN member CraigOwl Communites joined the Hillcrest Group. Other companies within the Group include Hillcrest Housing Association; Gowrie Care; Gowrie Housing Trust and Northern Housing Company.
For further info`, see http://www.hillcrest.org.uk/Enterprises/