Supporting Young People in Gloucestershire with Charity Partnership
Published 11 Apr 2019 in Community
The Aston Project, a Gloucestershire Police-led youth diversionary project, will be able to deliver help to more young people and families across Gloucestershire after being announced as The Midcounties Co-operative’s new charity partner.
As part of the partnership, Midcounties colleagues in Cheltenham and Gloucester will undertake various volunteering and fundraising activities for the project over the next two years, supporting its efforts to work with young people to help them feel less vulnerable, as well as reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
The Aston Project aims to inspire people aged between 9 and 17 to reach their potential by providing a safe and rewarding environment, engaging them on a `work for reward’ basis and providing positive role models to offer guidance and support for young people and their families.
As part of the partnership, The Midcounties Co-operative will raise money to help fund fun, outdoor sessions for the charity’s ‘work for reward’ initiative. These sessions encourage children to take part in positive community, team-building and vocational activities for which they earn time-banking credits which can subsequently be spent on reward activities of their choice.
The partnership was officially launched at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre, where children from the Aston Project enjoyed activities including go-karting and zip-wiring, as well as being put to the test by the Elite Commando Survival team.
Nicola Nolan, Police Sergeant of the Aston Project, said: “Working closely with The Midcounties Co-operative will allow our young members to engage with and be inspired in their own local communities.
“The Midcounties Co-operative’s mission is very similar to that of the Aston Project in that we both strive to work closely with the local community. This charity partnership will give us the opportunity to expand the activities we provide and our sincere thanks to all the Co-operative members who voted for our project.”
Matt Windridge, Leadership Community Ambassador in Cheltenham and Gloucester at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Supporting young people is a key focus for us, and the work that the organisation does to reach out to young people in need and help them turn their lives around is fantastic.
“We’re committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, and we hope our support over the next two years will enable The Project to help more young people in Gloucestershire and raise awareness for their cause.”
Eamonn Aston, Aston Project Stakeholder and widower of PC Lynne Aston, said: “The Midcounties are renowned for their encouragement and enterprise in developing the potential of young people within local communities, something the Aston Project has in its foundation.
“With the support of the Midcounties, the Aston Project will continue to flourish and build upon the firm foundation it has within Gloucestershire Constabulary. The two enterprises working together will ensure the promotion of their similar objectives, that is, to inspire young people and give them the true sense of community spirit which they can share and promote with their own peer group”.
The new charity partnership forms part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s Regional Communities strategy, which sees members and colleagues come together to provide impactful and sustainable support for local community groups through volunteering and fundraising initiatives.