Mental Health Service Provider Buys into Franchise | Pro Bono Australia

Wed Nov 27, 2013

A mental health service provider has bought into a well-known corporate franchise to help people with psychosocial disabilities get work.

RichmondPRA, a Not for Profit that specialises in community-based support for people with mental illness, has become a franchisee of printing and design company Kwik Kopy.

The Not for Profit now owns and runs the Kwik Kopy centre at Surry Hills in inner-Sydney, which opened its doors last month.

Through the Surry Hills centre, RichmondPRA will integrate workers with psychosocial disabilities, enabling them to gain training, skills and experience in the printing and graphic design sector.

Kwik Kopy CEO David Bell said the arrangement with RichmondPRA was highly innovative.

“This is a situation where we’ve taken on an organisation - RichmondPRA - as a franchisee, rather than an individual owner/operator,” Bell said.

“In the interests of delivering an invaluable community and social benefit, we found ways to make this work.

“Everything is in place for this tremendous venture to move forward, and we’ll be watching closely to be sure that both the corporate and social results stack up.”

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