Our story

In 2009, Realise was born to unleash the potential of people and communities across North Staffordshire. As the charitable arm of we are aspire, working with Aspire Housing and PM Training, over 10,000 people have been supported over the past 10 years. Here is our story…

Realise is born

February 9, 2009

Realise is born

The Wammy

March 10, 2010
The Wammy

The Wammy project was the very first environmental project funded by Realise Charity. The pupils at Knutton St Mary’s Primary School were invited to take part in a competition to design a sign for The Wammy public parkway. The winning design was by Felicity Higginbottom and was manufactured by PM Training.  

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First Apprentice Grant

July 8, 2010
First Apprentice Grant

Nicola Hudson was the very first PM Training apprentice who was supported by a grant provided by Realise Charity. The grant was given to her employer, Daniel and Hulme estate agents, to enable Nicola to start her career journey. Since then, she has progressed to become an Officeworks Manager at PM Training, helping advise learners in their own career journeys.

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Falkirk Grange Garden

April 17, 2012
Falkirk Grange Garden

The residents in Thistleberry-based Falkirk Grange, felt their outside garden area could be of real benefit to them. After speaking with Realise charity, the project took off! The garden was re-developed by learners of PM Training, allowing residents to sit and enjoy the outdoor area around their homes.

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100th Apprentice Beneficiary

August 10, 2012

Matthew Nutt, 18, who lives in Basford, is the 100th apprentice to receive funding from Realise Charity.

Hartshill Scouts

April 9, 2013
Hartshill Scouts

Realise charity helped young members of the Hartshill Scouts develop an area to fully enjoy their camping experiences. The project allowed young people use of the area to practice lighting fires and trying campfire cooking under the supervision of well qualified and experienced leaders. The project marked the groups’ 100th anniversary.

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Donna Louise Family Bereavement Garden

September 26, 2013
Donna Louise Family Bereavement Garden

This moving garden was funded by Realise charity, PM Training supported the build with help from Aspire volunteers. The garden’s aim was to create a soothing, calming outside space where newly bereaved parents can spend time close to their loved child prior to the funeral.

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27 Learners Receive £500 Bursaries

December 2, 2013
27 Learners Receive £500 Bursaries

27 PM Training learners were supported with bursaries up to £500 each. The bursaries, managed in partnership with Staffordshire Community Foundation, included items such as laptops, tools, textbooks and bus passes. Realise charity are proud to be a support network for learners, giving them the assets they need to succeed in their career path. Even travel can be an issue for a young person, bus passes allow learners to be able to access public transport without having to worry about the cost.  

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1000th Apprentice Beneficiary

January 3, 2014

This milestone marks the 1000th apprentice beneficiary, Realise charity has supported.

Moto In The Community

February 24, 2014
Moto In The Community

Moto in the community donated an amazing £1000 to Realise charity, to help people in the community. The money went towards helping young people get into work and regenerating communities in North Staffordshire.

Student Support

March 3, 2014
Student Support

Aspire Housing tenant Kayleigh Beesley, received help from Realise charity to help fund her with IT equipment for College. This equipment has helped her to help progress her education whilst leading a busy lifestyle with children.    

Art on the Wild Side

March 19, 2014
Art on the Wild Side

This environmental project is based at The Wolseley Centre Reserve and visitor facility located just outside Rugeley. It was funded by Realise charity and constructed by PM Training’s Artworks team. The project consisted of a spiders web, birds and a butterfly tower.

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Peter Pan Nursery Garden

April 11, 2014
Peter Pan Nursery Garden

The Peter Pan nursery, in Hoon Avenue, Wolstanton, supports parents and carers of children with special needs from Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Cheshire. The nursery’s garden underwent a massive transformation, funded by Realise charity, it helped bring life to a garden where children and their families could play safely outside.

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The Lady in the Park Memorial

November 28, 2014
The Lady in the Park Memorial

This moving memorial was created by PM Training and funded by Realise charity for Newcastle Borough Council. It was created to mark the 100th anniversary since the start of WW1. The sculpture is of Vera Brittain, she did a lot of campaigning for women’s suffrage and highlighted the impact on the population of losing male loved ones through the War.

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Jackie Adams Raises £586 for Realise

March 18, 2015
Jackie Adams Raises £586 for Realise

Jackie Adams raised £586 for Realise charity, at a charity boxing event. The mother-of-two who runs Jack’s Convenience Store in Norton has always been a charitable person, regularly raising money for cancer charities. She added: “I would encourage others to consider doing something to raise money for Realise charity, it’s a great charity which is making a real difference to local young people, it’s worth shouting about.”

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Charlie Bowers £500 Bursary

March 31, 2015
Charlie Bowers £500 Bursary

A teenager, with a passion for canoeing, was supported by Realise charity, as he targeted a place in future Olympics. Chris Bowers, aged 16, from Newcastle, applied for a bursary of £500 towards his new boat. Since then in 2018, Chris competed at the World Championships in Rio where he won gold in the Men’s K1 Team event with Joe Clarke and Bradley Forbes-Cryans.

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Micheal Beesley’s Run for Realise

September 1, 2016
Micheal Beesley’s Run for Realise

This milestone marks Micheal Beesley and his first ‘Run for Realise’! Michael has raised over £1000 for Realise and has been a fantastic supporter for the charity. His money has helped change many peoples lives in our communities.

Brand Refresh

October 18, 2016
Brand Refresh

In October 2016, we are aspire underwent a brand refresh.

Brown Trout

February 1, 2017
Brown Trout

Realise charity supported the production of the ‘Brown Trout’ metal sculpture which sits in Newcastle-under-Lyme’s town centre. With support from PM Training’s Artworks team, the piece was produced for Britain in Bloom.

Start of the partnership with Wavemaker Stoke

August 15, 2017
Start of the partnership with Wavemaker Stoke

This milestone marks the start of our partnership with Wavemaker Stoke. Through Realise funding, digital classes were made available apprentices to learn about 3D printing, digital tech and the internet over a five-week course.

CSCS Funding

August 30, 2017
CSCS Funding

Joe Warren, aged 18, from Blythe Bridge, completed his CSCS training to ensure he has the health and safety awareness to work on building sites. This training was paid for by Realise charity.

Start of the Partnership with Alice Charity

September 5, 2017
Start of the Partnership with Alice Charity

This milestone marks the start of the partnership with the Alice Charity. Realise fund some of the charity’s Big Cup sessions, allowing new parents to take part in sessions which help prevent isolation, encourage socialisation and friendship with other new parents.

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Introduction of chair-based exercise classes

September 19, 2017
Introduction of chair-based exercise classes

Start of the Partnership with Foodbank

December 14, 2017
Start of the Partnership with Foodbank

This milestone marks the start of the work Realise is doing for the Foodbank. Realise has offered space to the Foodbank to allow them to store greater amounts of stock, therefore helping more people in the community!

Start of the our partnership with North Staffs Mind

December 21, 2017
Start of the our partnership with North Staffs Mind

In December 2017, Realise charity started partnership with Mind, offering valuable mental health counseling for learners at PM Training.

5000th Apprentice Beneficiary

February 1, 2018
5000th Apprentice Beneficiary

Apprentice Tilly Isherwood, is the 500th apprentice beneficiary! Tilly had funding off Realise charity towards her driving lessons. Tilly, from Chesterton, is a business admin apprentice in the Aspire Housing’s asset management team. Setting goals is part of her NVQ qualification, and learning to drive was top of the list. “I’d been putting it off because my family had a few financial pressures. So the £100 from Realise Charity helped me get started with four lessons.”  

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Philip Astley Sculpture

April 21, 2018
Philip Astley Sculpture

On World Circus Day, 21st April 2018 Realise charity, honored the father of modern circus, Philip Astley, with the unveiling of a series of bespoke 15ft metalwork sculptures.

8000th Beneficiaries to Date

June 14, 2018

June 2018, marks the 8000th beneficiary milestone. This means 8000 members of the community have been supported by the Realise charity. The Realise charity support so many projects and activities in communities from workwear, toolkits, exercise classes, bursaries and much more! See here how many people have been impacted by the Realise charity.

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5000th Toolkit Presented

June 21, 2018

June 2018, marked the 5000th toolkit which was gifted to a PM Training apprentice by  Realise charity. These toolkits are a vital part of an apprentices kit for working in a trade. Toolkits provide the basis of supplies needed for apprentices to go into work. The contents of a toolkit consist of items such as paintbrushes, measuring tools and more. These items can be expensive for young people to buy individually so they are an invaluable asset.  

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Learner Enrichment Trips

October 2, 2018
Learner Enrichment Trips

Realise charity support learner enrichment trips, allowing learners at PM Training to experience independent travel and visit places such as London and Liverpool!

Supporting Learners

October 10, 2018
Supporting Learners

Learner Kyle Burke, received financial help from Realise to help support his career journey. After having his phone smashed, Realise charity and PM Training quickly helped Kyle with a new pay-as-you-go phone, breakfasts and sandwiches.

The Poppy Garden of Silverdale

November 4, 2018
The Poppy Garden of Silverdale

The Poppy Garden of Silverdale is one of the most moving projects Realise charity has been part of. This work features 123 hand-crafted poppies in memory of the 123 people from the Silverdale area who lost their lives during WW1.

Handy Man Service Launched

November 13, 2018
Handy Man Service Launched

Three multi-skill maintenance apprentices, have been rotated to help maintain charity shops and hospices for The Donna Louise Trust and Douglas Macmillan Hospice across the area. An experienced handyman, provided by Staffordshire-based PM Training, has been seconded to maintain the charity properties, accompanied by the apprentices. The service is funded by Realise charity.

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Enterprise Challenge Success

March 28, 2019
Enterprise Challenge Success

Realise charity supported PM Training learners with £50 towards the start of their enterprise challenge journey. This money allowed learners to get the kit they needed to start their car wash business!

10 Year Anniversary

April 9, 2019
10 Year Anniversary

2019 celebrates the 10th anniversary of Realise charity. #WeSupportCommunities

Realise Charity Ball

May 24, 2019
Realise Charity Ball

On 24th May 2019, we held our Realise charity ball! The ball was a 10-year celebration of the Realise charity.

Bicycles in Newcastle-under-Lyme

July 23, 2019
Bicycles in Newcastle-under-Lyme

PM Training’s Artworks team have created an amazing series of bicycles in memory of ex-councillor and Aspire Board Member, Brian Tomkins. The project was funded by Realise charity.

School Uniform Event

July 26, 2019
School Uniform Event

Realise charity have joined with Aspire Housing to provide support to local families in the Silverdale area. Realise charity donated £500 towards new school uniforms.

Water Pump in May Bank

August 6, 2019
Water Pump in May Bank

This water pump, located in the heart of May Bank symbolises how running water in the household was once considered a luxury. The original water pump is just a stones throw away from this Artworks piece and was a focal point in the community.

Shrewsbury Prison Learner Enrichment Trip

September 24, 2019
Shrewsbury Prison Learner Enrichment Trip

Learners at PM Training have experienced an amazing day out at Shrewsbury Prison! This trip was funded by Realise charity and gave many learners great insight into what a working prison was like.