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Basics Plus

Basics Plus is a Social Enterprise operating in the borough of Scarborough. Basics Plus is a charity which works with adult with learning difficulties or other social needs. The main aim of the organisation is to offer a work experience placement in projects that benefit the community.


SOFA (Shifting Old Furniture About) & Re-Use Project - a household goods/ furniture warehouse where people can donate items for Basics Plus to sell on to people on low income or benefits. Basics Plus is in the process of developing a re-use centre at the same site which will take and re-use most unwanted goods.


Gardening & Conservation - Several teams of gardeners supervised by qualified staff, offering a low cost garden maintenance service to residents of Scarborough. Project also assists local schools, Forest Enterprise, North York Moors National park and local parish councils with specific conservation projects.


Paper & Wood Re-cycling - Waste Paper Project provides a collection service to the local business community. Old haulage pallets used for kindling.


Craft & Leaflet Distribution - Handmade greetings cards and gifts for sale to the public. Leaflet distribution service used by local businesses and organisations.



Catering and Conferencing - fully equipped catering kitchen, café and conference space offering a low cost pleasant venue for all occasions. Outside catering also provided for local companies and groups.

Disability Employment Advisors

Disability Employment Advisors (DEAs) can advise people with disability or health condition, or who are carers, who want to return to work, stay in their current employment or find paid work for the first time. DEAs are usually based at Jobcentre Plus or job centres and can provide specialist support, looking at practical ways to stay in employment, the best way to return to work and find a suitable job (for example by using connections with local employers). They can also refer you to specialist programmes for disabled people.


Contact Whitby Jobcentre Plus to make an appointment.

IAG Pathfinder Outreach Programme

Free help, information and advice for people aged 20+ about career and employment opportunities, education and training opportunities, voluntary work, child care, benefits and grants.

Outreach Plus (Employment Training Services)

Outreach Plus is run by North Yorkshire County Council with JobCentrePlus. Access points at local libraries, information centres and hospitals. Free service available to unemployed people, including specialist support to people with disability or incapacity issues - CV preparation, IT training, job search guidance and support, assertiveness and confidence building, personal budgeting, free travel costs, free childcare, freephone direct to operational support team, signposting to appropriate job vacancies.


New Deal for Disabled People is a government initiative, which ProAbility are running in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. It is a voluntary scheme which aims to get people on incapacity or health-related benefits back into employment.


The service is tailored to meet your requirements. ProAbility aims to get you into work in your chosen occupational area and to overcome barriers you may have and find your perfect job. A local Job Broker will be available to provide confidential assistance and support, helps prepare you for job interviews and provides ongoing support during the first six months of employment. Help is provided with applications, interview and job search, a new or updated CV.

Whitby and Disctrict Business and Development Agency

Courses and training including business start up courses, business seminars on book-keeping, taxation and marketing. Advice on starting and running a business, help in accessing grants available by preparing a business plan. Courses take place at St. Hilda's Business Centre, which has ramps, lifts and accessible toilet.

Whitby Civic Society

The present Civic Society was formed in 1996, to protect buildings in the town which were under threat and to enhance the pride of Whitby people in their town.

Visit our website to join us.

Working Pathways

Workplace Experience Officer for people with mental health problems in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, providing information and support for work activities and supported employment.