Cake, Coffee and a Car Wash
Published by Rob1 for Community Gateway Association in Housing and also in Communities, Health
The team clean one of the Gateway PropertyCare Vans at Preston North End
Community Gateway Association (CGA) have joined forces with Preston North End (PNE) Football Club and local contractor HT Forrest, to help a group of young people who wanted to give something back to the community.
A group of thirty from across Preston have been working hard to develop team building skills.
In partnership the three organisations are sponsoring the National Citizenship Award. Larger football clubs across the UK already deliver this award but it is a new initiative for the club.
As part of the project Forrest supported each member of the group by sponsoring them through the programme.
Week one - They started the project with a week at Lockerby Manor in Scotland, during the stay the team developed personal skills such as leadership, confidence and team building.
Week two and three - The team start to develop a Social Action project which will benefit the local community. During this week CGA and Forrest visited the group to talk about Housing and Construction.
Week four - The delivery of the project, the group set up the car wash and cake sale to raise vital funds to help them deliver their action plan, which will include:-
- A games event for a local retirement home, they have organised bingo, dominoes and a raffle. Some of the elderly customers don’t have any relatives and loved the opportunity to the young people.
- Following the Car Wash and Cake Sale, they have supported local homeless charity EMMAUS and arranged for clothing retailer TK Max to donate bundles of clothes and personal hygiene items for a hamper.
- The team will work as volunteers in Charity Shops across Preston
- Painting of a communal changing area at Vida Sports Centr
- A Litter pick at a local school.
Construction taster days are being offered to the group at Preston Vocational Centre, following this any individuals on the group who have excelled during the course will be advised of career options and possible apprenticeships within both CGA and Forrest.
Fiona Fisher, Investment Contract Manager at CGA commenting at the Car Wash “I am really proud of the group they could have easily walked away after the first two weeks but they stayed together to give something back to the community. All have gained from the experience and I would encourage other young people to take up the opportunity.”