Award hon­our for in­no­va­tive youth group

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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 cre8­mac­cles­

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