Managed Services and Wickes launch My Community Competition at TPAS conference 

Managed Services and Wickes launch My Community Competition at TPAS conference

Following the success of their first endeavour to support local communities, Travis Perkins' Managed Services Community Fund, in partnership with Wickes have launched their second competition to find a local initiative worthy of £5,000 investment, at TPAS' Engaging Communities Conference.

The Conference was a 2-day event, packed with expert speakers, interactive workshops and networking, with delegates from across the country exploring how to improve their engagement performance, strengthen communities, deliver better value for money - and exceed regulatory expectations.

In 2015, Managed Services and Wickes awarded £5,000 to Friends of Westfield Farm in Dormanstown, Redcar for their outstanding contribution as a community project.

Westfield Farm is a community hub working in a heavily deprived area that provides a variety of initiatives for 2000 local people who are in need - from a gardening volunteer programme supplying home grown produce and meals to those living in food poverty, through to educational support for school projects on healthy eating. Work Hubs provide careers information, advice and guidance; and Digital Champion volunteers also provide internet access and assistance enabling residents to improve their life skills and future employment opportunities.

Their detailed proposal to provide support for an additional 500 local people, impressed the judges by covering all categories: Investing in your community; Employment, Education, Skills and training; Health and wellbeing and Environment.

The backing has already made a huge impact and 2017 is looking bright for the project.

So far..

  • Laptops have been upgraded so more residents can learn, search for jobs and manage their finances online
  • Work Hub opening hours have been extended to meet demand
  • Catering equipment has been purchased to enhance activities and facilitate local events
  • Local primary schools and children have benefited from 'hands on' mini gardening projects
  • Low income households and food banks have reaped the rewards of fresh produce grown from seed
  • Their polytunnel is booked to be re-covered in Spring, allowing produce to be grown all year 'round

Barry McBride, Westfield Farm Coordinator, said: "We're really grateful for the funding from Travis Perkins Managed Services and Wickes. It will allow us to build on our success by giving us the scope to expand and improve our current offerings, as well as develop new programmes."

Whilst Jenny Osbourne, TPAS, stated: "Friends of Westfield Farm was an outstanding application and is well deserving of its win. It's a well-designed project with scale and variety that is clearly having practical and long lasting positive effects on the community. I was particularly impressed with the work being undertaken on employment, skills and training."

WIN £5,000 for your own community project today. For full Terms & Conditions and to enter your submission, visit: www.tpmanagedservices.co.uk/mycommunity

For further information on this article, please contact Natalie Vescia on 07817 759 109 or at natalie.vescia@wickes.co.uk

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