Louth Interskill is a not-for-profit company, a community social enterprise, providing therapeutic and constructive activities for adults and young people with learning difficulty or other form of disadvantage. We aim to promote their inclusion in the community. They form a very happy team, ably led by Director Malcolm Mundy. He designs wonderful products and ensures that the quality is probably the best for miles around.
Louth Interskill began life as a sheltered workshop that was set up through social services 22 years ago. They provided work placements for students with learning and behavioral difficulties in woodwork, concreting and screen‐printing as a route to full‐time employment. For a long time the workshop was very successful until a change in government policy led to a loss of funding and Louth Interskill was shut down.
However in September 2008 Louth Interskill was reopened by Malcolm Mundy on the back of the government’s ‘personalization’ agenda, an initiative to give commissioning power directly to the end user of services
Malcolm’s nephew Darren Drury had purchased most of the equipment from the previous workshop and they decided to set up Interskill again as an independent co-operative, by working with the students and parents to get direct payments from their individual budgets. Membership of the co-operative is open to everyone who uses the service.
It specialises in timber products such as fencing, benches, trellis, planters and tables as a core range of products, the students being involved in all stages of the manufacture.
Since it re‐opened Louth Interskill has been very successful at generating new business and in January 2010, relocated to larger premises which have enabled us to increase the number of places available for students and to expand their activities. A shop in Louth Market Place sells craft products made at the factory