The Calico Group: innovative charities and businesses working together to make social profit, rather than financial profit, the driving force behind our wide range of high quality services.

We define “social profit” as the positive difference we make to people’s lives, across all the communities in which we work.

We create social profit by developing innovative services, and harnessing the opportunities of our unique group structure.

Here’s how:

  • We’re bringing different parts of our group together for maximum social impact – We can combine our growing range of complementary services to create innovative, new opportunities for the benefit of the community.
  • We’re harnessing the strengths of our unique group structure – The Calico Group brings together the widest possible range of expertise: from our motivated service users, to our stakeholders who come from commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.
  • We’re succeeding within private and public markets – Working together, the Calico Group delivers cost-effective, sustainable services, with profits returning to the communities we serve.

The Calico Group is made up of the following companies, employing approximately 600 people across the North of England.

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Calico Homes Limited owns and manages approximately 4,600 homes in Lancashire and aims to make a difference to the quality of life of individuals and the wider communities in which it works. We provide accommodation for families and older people, plus supported housing and services for homeless people.


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Calico Enterprise Limited creates sustainability through improved lifeskills, employability and wellbeing. Initiatives delivered by Calico Enterprise include: Calico Careers; Calico Interiors; and Floating Support. More than 3,000 people across the region have found work or further training opportunities through the life changing initiatives delivered by Calico Enterprise.



SafeNet provides services across Lancashire for victims of domestic violence and abuse. It is a registered charity and joined The Calico Group in April 2011. In 40 years, SafeNet has provided safe temporary refuge accommodation to over 10,000 women and children, helping them break free from domestic abuse and gain the confidence to rebuild healthy, safe lives.



Acorn Recovery Projects provides a range of innovative drug and alcohol rehabilitation services across the North West, including reduction and motivation programmes, treatment programmes, combined treatment programmes, support accommodation, and social enterprise. Acorn Recovery Projects is registered with the Care Quality Commission.


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Whitworth Care Trust is a charity which operates Sunnyside Rest Home and Sunnybank Day Centre, providing a range of services for older people, including day services, luncheon clubs and meals on wheels. Whitworth Care Trust is registered with the Care Quality Commission.




Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction LLP undertakes maintenance and house building contracts on a commercial basis for a variety of clients across the North West.


Calico has ‘Investors in People Gold’ and ‘Leaders in Diversity’ accreditation, 2 Star ‘Best Companies’ status, and was placed 16th in the 2016 Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Companies to Work for’ (the eighth year in succession that we have finished in the Top 100).
Registered Office: Centenary Court, Croft Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2ED
Freephone: 0800 169 2407
The Calico Group Limited is a company registered in England (registered number: 8747100)
Calico Homes Limited is a company registered in England (registered number: 3752751) and is a registered charity (number: 1151945)
Calico Enterprise Limited is a company registered in England (registered number: 6329047) and is a registered charity (number: 1125312)
SafeNet Domestic Abuse Service is a company registered in England (registered number: 3860803) and is a registered charity (number: 1091544)
Acorn Recovery Projects is a company registered in England (registered number: 3360545) and is a registered charity (number: 1063589)
Whitworth Care Trust is a registered charity (number: 1033520)
Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction LLP is a company registered in England (registered number: OC377235)