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  • Respect – We treat others in a way we expect to be treated ourselves.
  • Integrity – We do the right thing for the sake of others.
  • Support – We help people overcome their disadvantages.
  • Empathy – We help people to build social connections with others.


  • To help and support the disadvantages people and families have experienced during the pandemic period.

If we introduce the foundation to the wider audience and partners, it will provide a platform to enhance our Brand. We will be able to arrange events that will be more meaningful and rewarding and it will have bearing on our CSR.

The Hansel vision : To give people of all abilities the freedom to live the life they choose

Since our origins in 1963 Hansel has been focused on breaking down barriers faced by people with additional support needs, creating inclusive environments, opportunities, and choices to enable people living in Ayrshire to live independent and fulfilling lives.

We are a leading social care provider and by providing a range of services and activities we assist people with additional support needs, and their families, to make the most of life each and every day. Our approach is to deliver the right support for an individual to feel empowered, to find their voice, and experience equality, choice, dignity and respect.

We do this through our fantastic team of more than 400 team members, whose dedicated approach to care and support creates a safe and positive environment for people to thrive, alongside our partnerships with healthcare agencies, organisations and businesses.

We are truly grateful to everyone in our local community who chooses to fundraise for Hansel. Your energy and passion really does make a difference and your fundraising helps us to continually develop and deliver our services to give each person we support the freedom to live the life they choose.

’Worksmart’s Co-owner and Financial Director is taking on an additional role as a Director at Hansel. Lisa will share her time between her new duties with the charity, based in Symington, and her current responsibilities at Worksmart.

Throughout Worksmart’s 19 years, Lisa has helped run and establish the individual companies within the Worksmart Group, who mainly specialise in Interior Refurbishment and Fit-Out. Now it’s time for her to share her business knowledge and expertise with Hansel.

Worksmart has always had a connection with Hansel, attending many of their fundraising events over the years. Lisa’s nephew Oliver has Down’s Syndrome with Autism, which is also exacerbated by other health concerns.

Along with other members of the family, Lisa sees the struggles Oliver goes through on a daily basis. Once Oliver reaches 18 years old, the support that he has will change as he becomes an adult. Hopefully this is where he can access Hansel and its facilities to support him and his family.

For more 50 years Hansel has been working for people with support needs. They are a diverse and dynamic organisation offering a unique range of flexible and innovative support, fully embracing the challenges and opportunities of individuals.

Hansel are bringing in new Directors to broaden the strength of the business and help to strategically plan for the future.

Lisa said: “It’s already been a challenging year for everyone and it has given me a chance to re-evaluate what is important. Taking this position will give me another focus in an area that I can connect with Hansel and my nephew Oliver.

The Worksmart Foundation’s principal aim is to support and enhance the lives of children, young adults and families affected by the COVID 19 Pandemic.

We are driven by a key set of values and objectives, which are motivational in helping us achieve our charities mission.

We have witnessed members of staff undertaking various charitable events and raising money for good causes – as a business we should be encouraging all to participate through the foundation.

Gordon – Preparing for the challenge

In preparation for the Ben Lomond hill walk in September, Gordon, our Buyer, recently completed a 102km cycle from Ardrossan to Ayr and back! Gordon is an avid cycler and enjoys nothing more than getting out on his bike during evenings and weekends! Well done Gordon!

Cycling has never been more popular in the UK, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic with many people taking up cycling as a form of exercise or as a mode of transport. In Scotland 4.9% of adults over the age of 16 cycle at least 1+ days a week and 33% of the UK as a whole have been cycling in the last year. In the UK 42% of Brits have access to or own a bicycle and in 2019 we spent £33.22 million on bikes and equipment. Household spending on cycling in the UK totals more than £1.4 billion every year with each household spending on average £1 a week.

Jim – Mental Health Day

Jim, our Business Development Manager, has been a trial run up Ben Lomond to map out the route and locate any good areas to stop for a rest and a bite to eat! Jim completed this walk in aid of national mental health day to raise awareness around the importance of mental wellbeing. Something that we are very passionate about at Worksmart!

Ben Lomond is a mountain in the Scottish Highlands and is around 974m high (or 3,196ft). Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. Ben Lomond lies within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, property of the National Trust for Scotland.

Its accessibility from Glasgow and elsewhere in central Scotland, together with the relative ease of ascent from Rowardennan, makes it one of the most popular of all the Munros. On a clear day, it is visible from the higher grounds of Glasgow and across Strathclyde. Ben Lomond’s summit can also be seen from Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain, over 40 miles (64 km) away. The West Highland Way runs along the western base of the mountain, by the loch.

Kenny – Prostate Cancer UK

Kenny, our Storage and Small Works Manager, has also been preparing for our team challenge by completing a running/walking challenge throughout the month of June. He managed to rack up a total of 115 miles! The aim was to raise awareness of the disease whilst also improving his physical fitness for our hill walk in September.

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age. The risk in even higher for black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer. This is why it is so important to invest in research and development so we can understand more about the disease and establish ways of treating it effectively.