About Usel.

We are Usel, a social enterprise championing ability. It’s amazing what you can do with a little support. And that’s how we began in 1871, when Thomas Cathcart a father of 8 was blinded in an accident, a concerned Mary Hobson sought a sustainable form of help. Recognising Thomas’ ability, Mary established Workshops for the Blind which manufactured commercial goods and created paid employment, for almost thirty blind people.

Usel was established in 1962 to provide supported paid employment for people within its Belfast manufacturing base. In 1980 Usel merged with Workshops for the Blind to become the largest supporter of people with disabilities and health-related conditions into open employment in Northern Ireland. Today we employ, support, and train up to 1500 people with disabilities or health-related conditions across the province.