Valley’s Biggest Business Backs Living Wage

Words by Catherine Smyth Media

Photograph by Liz Henson Photography

ROSSENDALE’s largest employer has welcomed the introduction of the Living Wage.

J and J Ormerod , JJO, employs nearly 400 people across its bases in Rawtenstall, Stacksteads and Waterfoot and manufactures kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Nationally, Rossendale has been identified as having the second largest percentage of people who will benefit from the introduction of the Living Wage – 33 per cent and at JJO it impacts on a quarter of employees. Continue reading “Valley’s Biggest Business Backs Living Wage”

Charity’s Move to Waterfoot Will Lead to Cafe Opening

by Catherine Smyth Media

A GROWING charity helping people with disabilities to live more independently will be opening a new café in the former Waterfoot Library.

Valley Supported Living , VSL, has been based in Bacup for 12 years, but in the summer will relocate to Bridge End House, the former library building.

The organisation helps people with learning and physical disabilities to make the transition from the family home to greater independence in homes of their own.

As well as a café – to be renamed The Bridge – the building will also provide office accommodation for VSL, with two additional offices for rent, and an advice centre. Continue reading “Charity’s Move to Waterfoot Will Lead to Cafe Opening”