Award honour for innovative youth group
A YOUTH and community project has been honoured with an award for excellence in innovation.
Cre8 youth and community project, based on the Moss Rose Estate in Macclesfield, was given the award by the Cheshire Community Foundation.
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.”
The award was for Cre8’s 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 collegeaccredited courses.
Cre8’s 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.
Cre8 were invited to receive their award at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal.
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.”
For more information about Cre8 go to cre8macclesfield.org.