£2,000 boost for care organisation
A CHARITY has won £2,000 from the Cadent Foundation to help it continue its work with young people who have left or are about to leave care.
Pure Insight, based in Stockport won the funding from gas company Cadent after its employers in the region nominated charities to be put forward for a public vote.
More than 1,000 customers took part in the voting process with Pure Insight receiving a share of the £25,000 grant.
The charity, one of 15 others to receive funding from across the North West, supports young people who have left or are about to leave children’s homes and foster care.
Mentor coordinator, Fiona Berry, said the money will be used to plan activities and trips for the young people.
“Thank you so much to all of the customers and staff members at Cadent who chose us as their charity to donate funds too,” she said.
“We rely on support from our local community to ensure that we are able to carry out the work we do with young people.
“This money will be used to support our activities team who plan activities and trips for our young people on a weekly basis.
“These can include bike rides, mountain treks, kayaking, visiting national landmarks and natural wonders such as waterfalls and forests, sports, visiting the beach, art workshops and much more.”
Fiona added that the activities give the young people an opportunity to build friendships.
She said: “Our activities aim to take young people out of their home area so that they can have new experiences and make memories, having felt proud of themselves for pushing to go the extra mile.
“Some of our young people climbed Snowdon last year and this was a massive achievement for them.
“These trips give young people the opportunity to feel part of something and build friendships with other young people who are in a similar position to them.”
Other winners from the Cadent ‘Connecting Colleagues, Customers and Communities’ initiative include Jolly Josh in Rochdale, Tree of Life Centre in Wythenshawe, Salford Deaf Children’s Society, and The Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool.
Pure Insight was nominated for the scheme by Cadent engineer, Ashley Coles.
He said: “I first heard about Pure Insight from a colleague who volunteers with them and approached them about apprenticeship opportunities for the young people they support.
“When the pandemic hit a lot of their projects had to be put on hold so when I heard about the Cadent Foundation’s community grant scheme, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to help them gain some much-needed funds.”