(i) Developing skills, promoting teamwork and leadership qualities encouraging the generation of ideas and innovation,particularly among young people and inspire positive change in their communities. This will include mentoring and counselling, teaching of a wide range of skills and support in such areas as CV writing, job applications, interview techniques and communication skills. (ii) The promotion of social enterprise helping to create wealth for reinvestment into the community. (iii) Improving the environment to inspire and advance the aspirations of those communities. The provision of facilities for recreation. (iv) Advance volunteer projects (v) Improve the environment and promote recreational and community activities Environmental objectives (i) Reintroduction of indigenous flora and fauna. (ii) to educate on issues of the environment and the need for community participation (iii) Working with, conservation groups for the benefit of Staines and Runnymede
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
1) The rejuvenation of redundant derelict land on the river has prove highly successful and popular wit local residents and employees. The project will demonstrate the opportunities and potential that community led initiatives can have of their prospects for improving their environment and aspirations, particularly of their younger members. A current pilot scheme run with Jobcentre Plus (DWP) has proved successful and will be continued by mutual agreement. During this scheme where several long term unemployed have participated for an agreed period two are back in employment and others have demonstrated the benefits they received by requesting to continue their involvement.
Steps to get it done:
We now have a solid and growing base of support with volunteers joining bringing a wide range of useful skills and experience including a volunteer who taught numeracy and literacy to young offenders. This is about encouraging people to share their skills and experiences so that it benefits others. Interest from local firm on the adjacent business parks has been growing with one firm sending regular teams of volunteers engaged in clearing and landscaping.
About the space
on the River Thames at a A prime location near Staines upon Thames offering great views on the river with an ideal environment for people to enjoy a rest be it for lunch, a cup of tea, a picnic and simply to take in the ambiance.
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