Organisations pull together to create prospects
Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing, Local Government
Gallows Close Centre
Scarborough residents are boosting prospects with inspiring training and development opportunities, thanks to a helping hand from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.
Gallows Close Community Centre, based in the Barrowcliff estate, is opening its doors and supporting the local community by providing a free personal development network to local residents.
The network will include an extensive menu of employment and educational training in a safe and welcoming environment. The free-of-charge courses available range from Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Emergency First Aid training, to basic IT workshops and interview guidance. To date, over 100 residents have so far enrolled on to the new courses.
To create the best training and support network possible, the community centre has turned to local organisations for support including Scarborough Jobmatch, community charity Groundwork North Yorkshire and housing providers Sanctuary Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes.
Damian Kelly, development co-ordinator from Gallows Close Centre, said: “Everyone at the centre is very excited about the wide variety of training we are now offering our local community. We have been aware for some time of the number of unemployed residents nearby and the limited opportunities in the local area and we have worked hard to help overcome this.
“We are hugely grateful for the funding from Sanctuary Housing and the support system we have in place from all our partners. Thanks to everyone involved, we are very confident the selection of training we have in place, has something for everyone.”
Wendy Banks, Sanctuary’s operations manager, added: “With our funding, Gallows Close Centre has created a valuable opportunity for all our local residents to benefit from. The extensive selection of courses available at no cost is an excellent prospect and I urge all of the local residents to go down and see what’s available on their doorstep.”
Gallows Close Centre, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, has long served the Barrowcliff estate. The Centre aims to engage with community members via the delivery of activities, groups and training. The Centre hopes the new network will help over a hundred residents in the following two years, by enhancing work and life ambitions. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/GallowsCloseCentre/
Gallows Close Centre is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund. Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.
Sanctuary Housing manages over 8,200 properties in the North across Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and Scarborough. Residents who want to know more can visit www.sanctuary-housingnorth.co.uk or follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.