A LOCAL social enterprise has joined forces with charities to support people with autism.

During the past year, Cabinz, a reuse-based social enterprise in Saltney, has combined with local charities to sort over 10 tonnes of new high quality mixed screws, bolts, nuts and nails from manufacturers.

These came from broken boxes, over stocks or cancelled orders. The fixings were sold at low cost or donated to groups like DIYers, Men’s Sheds and small businesses.

Cabinz has found this type of work to be often relaxing and good therapy for people living with autism.

Cabinz, along with Woodwork to Wellness, a skills development and craft creation centre in Saltney, has completed a successful screw and bolt sorting pilot, with plans to expand the project as therapy work for the charity, Autism Together.

Flintshire Council has been supporting the organisation with identifying and adopting their legal structure, their company registration and preparing for investment.

Councillor Aaron Shotton, Flintshire Council’s leader, said: "It's great to be able to celebrate this and all the other positive social enterprise work that is taking place in Flintshire.

"The council understands the significance that social enterprises play in the local economy and we offer our full support through our social enterprise lead officer.”

Paul Ridley, the founder of Cabinz, said: "Last summer, I had the idea that sorting the screws and fixings was relaxing and perhaps good therapy. I was put in touch with Graham Stephens, coordinator of Woodwork to Wellness in Saltney, and completed a successful pilot with their autistic members.

“This pilot is now being expanded by Autism Together, a large charity in the Wirral, joining the partnership to have their users sort the smaller fixings, bag them up and offer them for sale at low cost via an online shop. These fixings will also be used to make Autism Together and Woodwork to Wellness garden furniture and other wooden items.

“The support and advice offered by Flintshire County Council has been extremely useful and has helped us develop this project.”

The funds raised from the project will be shared between the three groups. Cabinz has an extensive range of most type of fixings and plan to be fully operational for mail order by spring 2019.