The Community Support Initiative (CSI) is a North West Taxi Proprietors (NWTP) project aimed at a much wider audience than the taxi industry. CSI is in the third year of development and we want to continue to be shaped by the community we serve to deliver what they want.
CSI is a project aimed at developing and sustaining local jobs through a holistic approach that offers advice, help, support and technical assistance to develop and sustain self employment, social economy enterprises and local services.
CSI is being developed by us assisted by creative unemployed and self employed people who wish to exploit local opportunity to create local jobs.
CSI also manage our own Community Fund allowing us to give bursaries, loans and grants to create local employment. The fund will also be used to develop Social Economy Enterprises. The fund is in the early stages of development. NWTP will contribute £20k per annum of unrestricted funds from our social economy enterprise towards the Community Fund.
We want to tackle the problem of unemployment, lack of opportunity and lack of support for local people to help themselves through self employment and social economy enterprises.
We have an initiative that offers a holistic support package, a one stop shop for self employment and social economy enterprises, that will help, support and sustain local employment and develop local services. We want to become a hub for employment & service within our community.
CSI runs an advice centre that listens to peoples’ issues, advises, helps and supports them on employment and welfare issues. We want to create pathways to employment. We want to help people with transition processes from unemployment to (self) employment.
We also run an advocacy service that works on behalf of people and asks the questions they feel that they cannot ask. The advocates are CSI staff dealing with officialdom, red tape and bureaucracy for people wanting to move into self employment but don’t know the routes. Advocates will also work for the local community dealing with officialdom and accountability.
We have created a 'Back to Work' programmes that not only assists people into (self) employment but also offers help to sustain jobs into the future.
We will further develop Self Employment Support Services to support and sustain people in their self employment. People find themselves in fluid situations (like Tax Credits & Universal Credit) and the support has to be able to adapt, change and keep pace with wider changes. We will deliver continuous support for our community by keeping staff well trained and briefed and by working with others in the field also.
We will offer technical support, training and access to administration facilities (computers, printers, copier and office equipment). Not everyone starting of in a new business will have office equipment so we will be a resource to people. We have office space developed to be used by stakeholders and overseen by experienced staff & volunteers who are on hand to offer assistance.
We will develop and offer training and services that help people to market their business. We will train people to market to their strengths and develop their skills.
We will network with other agencies, groups and businesses to explore opportunity and further support for our community.
We will also create an online notice board of local services and opportunities.
We believe that there is a lack of support for people through the various processes and risks associated with becoming self employed. People need to know that the support will not end when they ‘sign off’. People want a place where they can talk straight and explore opportunity. People need help to transition (we have experience in this). People also need help to sustain their self employment.
This initiative is a gateway to local employment. We believe that this initiative is needed because we can unleash peoples’ creative side and explore how they turn their passion into pounds and improve local services at the same time. We have helped over 60 people into self employment already.
If you are thinking of becoming self employed call us.
If you are self employed and need help to sustain your employment call us.
if you have an employment idea and want to chat about developing it, call us.
Give us a call:
CSI are running Taxi Theory Courses aimed at helping people to pass the taxi theory & practical tests.
If you interested contact us at 02871362556 or email
CSI will be running beginner IPad Courses. If you are interested contact us to enroll.
We encourage self employed people to avail of this opportunity as many forms are now completed online.
If you wish to speak to us regarding courses please contact us @ 02871362556.
If you wish to explore opportunity then contact us.
North West Taxi Proprietors was founded out of a series of taxi meetings in 1998 that were called to address the issue of unfair competition from the unregulated sector. At that time the taxi industry was outnumbered three to one by the unregulated sector.
Initially NWTP was a lobby group seeking change to the way the taxi industry was administered by the DOE and we were also seeking to create a voice for the local taxi industry and articulate their case.
Our mission statement was “to create a fair and regulated taxi industry for everyone”.
We sought funding for the group and were helped by the Social Economy Agency. Finally, we received funding moved to the Rath Mor Centre.
The Rath Mor Centre has been our home for over 15 years. Creggan Enterprises Ltd have been our landlord. With more funding from the Big Lottery Fund NWTP evolved to become more of a community group and we took on other issues besides lobbying like health, education, income & employment and we developed a few volunteering projects and several programmes. We continued lobbying for change within the taxi industry and worked with many others along the way.
NWTP found Rath Mor to be a good place to be located. We received help and advice from CEL over the years.
NWTP have supported the local taxi industry with services and advice. We have helped over 500 people to access self-employment. All our lobbying culminated in the Taxis Act in 2008 which opened the door for Taxi Plates, Operator Licensing, Taxi Meters and new roof signs along with several other elements improving the administration of the taxi industry. It is a huge achievement to change the law. More work remains to done in the taxi review 2017 to iron out the wrinkles.
The Community Support Initiative (CSI) is our latest project. CSI is a project aimed at developing and sustaining local jobs through a holistic approach that offers advice, help, support and technical assistance to develop and sustain self employment, social economy enterprises and local services.
CSI is aimed at a much wider audience than the taxi industry. NWTP is using all the experience gained over the years to deliver for our community through the CSI project.
If you are thinking of becoming self employed, need help to sustain your self employment or need a good advocate to fight your corner then call CSI 028 71362556.