Thank you Cheshire Community Foundation!!!
What an honour to receive the Award for Innovation from Cheshire Community Foundation. Innovation is a theme that is crucial to Cre8 - doing something differently, something new, making change, transformation, and a better solution.
The Award was for work supporting hard to reach young people to engage in employment, education and training, using a range of innovative ideas and models.
Cre8 has a number of social enterprises and work experience opportunities including tree care, ground maintenance and land reclamation services, all with the goal of employing local young people, providing training opportunities and college-accredited courses.
Our experienced workers actively went out and knocked on the young people’s doors to get them involved in the schemes and as a result, the number of young volunteers increased threefold. In time, it is hoped that these young volunteers will go on to become full adult volunteers, too.
As if receiving the Award wasn't enough, we got to go to The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal - a great example of Innovation! Rob & Ash went to collect the Award on Cre8's behalf and loved it. If you haven't been before - go!!! The restaurant is currently #2 of 2,094 Cheshire restaurants on TripAdvisor! The food is all prepared, cooked and served by prisoners who receive training, qualifications and lots of support to aid rehabilitation - and it's working! Have a look at http://theclinkcharity.org/
Zoe Sheppard, CEO of the Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “These awards recognise the outstanding contributions of these incredible charities in Cheshire and Warrington and we are delighted to honour each of them and present them with their prize.”
Rob Wardle, Director of Cre8 Macclesfield, said: “We are delighted to be acknowledged for our work and our young people have seen that getting involved in doing something worthwhile can be fun and exciting. They now want to be involved in the projects long-term, which is just fantastic.”
PS sorry about the lack of photos - all the ones Ash & Rob took were of the cars outside (?! I think there were some posh ones)
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