We also support a number of progressive initiatives to improve neighbourhoods and disadvantaged communities; help people overcome barriers to skills, support people into employment, tackle health inequalities, and assist in the development of people’s confidence, independence and self-reliance.
A life-sized sculpture of a woman reading an armed forces letter informing her that her family member had died in battle was beautifully crafted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.
Apprentice Callum Marchese, 16, from Mow Cop, worked alongside sculptor Andy Edwards to create the statue, which is made from a mixture of recycled and new metal.
Callum said: “I’m very proud of myself and the Artworks team.
“Not many 16-year-olds have sculpted something like this so I’m delighted.”
The memorial is located in Brampton Park, Newcastle, and is a perfect spot for reflection and remembrance.
This helping hand at the start their careers, makes sure the young people have everything they need to get ahead.
And 17-year-old Callum Abraham, the 4000th apprentice, has experienced these benefits for himself.
He said: “I heard about the Realise Foundation through PM Training, and they got everything sorted for me. They helped me with a toolkit and money for driving lessons. I passed my test and now I’ve got my own car to get to work.”
Callum, from Milton, is a heating and plumbing apprentice at Holdcroft Heating in Burslem and he is #proudtobe learning a trade.
He said: “I got good grades at school but I knew I wanted to do something hands-on and practical so an apprenticeship was the best choice for me. I can see a future career for me in this industry.”
The nursery, in Hoon Avenue, Wolstanton, supports parents and carers of children with special needs from Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Cheshire.
The sensory garden project was built by PM Training, funded with £10,000 from the Realise Charity and £11,000k from international heating firm Vaillant, proud project sponsors.
Vodafone added another £1,000 to the pot and donated 140 hours of volunteering time from 20 of their employees which equates to more than £2.5k.
Centre manager, Mandy Price said: “We have an outstanding purpose built facility and this new sensory garden just enhances it and gives our children the best experience inside and out.
“We have enjoyed watching the project take shape, and the children are really enjoying it. We can’t thank you all enough.”
Most came to the Realise offices in Newcastle recently to receive their IT packages consisting of a laptop and software. Pictured left to right are: Kayleigh Spender, Sarah Young, Keely Williams (with daughter Evie), Kimberley Stubbs, Charlotte Shipley, Farhana Begum, Lee Goodwin, Victoria Makepeace, Aiden Clay and Andrew Pankiy.
Keely will use her laptop to help her with her degree course in forensic psychology at Staffordshire University. She said: “I don’t have a computer at home and this will help me with my assignments. I want to use the degree to get a job working with offenders, helping them not to offend anymore.”
Kayleigh, is due to start a degree in psychology and counselling at Staffordshire University after having put her higher education on hold after having children. She said: “The laptop will allow me to study effectively. I can now do what I’ve wanted to do since I was 16.”
The Realise Foundation grants are administered by Staffordshire Community Foundation
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