Wednesday 21st October 2015
At the recent Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service (GAVS) Voluntary and Community Organisations Awards, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) were awarded the ‘Positive Impact on Young People’ accolade, highlighting the work it has undertaken with youth in Greenwich.
Held on the 15th October, The GAVS Awards is an opportunity to celebrate community organisations and showcase their positive impact on our communities in Greenwich.
After originally being shortlisted, CACT were presented the award for its work delivering the Royal Borough of Greenwich universal youth service, Young Greenwich.
In 2014/2015 over 6,700 young people had participated in the service, compared to 2,500 in 2011/2012 before CACT took over delivery. The face to face sessions with young people more than doubled, as did opportunities for young people to participate in sessions covering themes such as: Careers and Employment, Digital Media, Discovering the Royal Borough, Arts and Culture, Music and Performing Arts, Skills for Life, Volunterring and Sport and Health
CACT also prides itself on having household names involved to give ‘money can’t buy’ experiences for all participants in the service. This includes Capital Breakfast radio host Dave Berry who is the youth services’ Ambassador and The O2 who are patrons of Young Greenwich. Both have been influential in unearthing local talent in the Young Greenwich ‘Perform’ programme where young people get the chance to play at the Indigo at The O2, opening for a headline act as part of CACT’s annual concert. Previous winners include Autumn Sharif who made the finals of The Voice UK earlier this year and put her success down to the confidence she gained from her interaction with the youth service.
Director of Youth and Inclusion, Marc Leckie, attended the GAVS Awards and received the award on behalf of CACT.
“We are extremely proud of this award and it truly reflects the time and effort our staff put into the service”, he said.
“Despite the financial climate being challenging the council have invested money once more in youth services, at a time where other councils have completely cut their offer for young people. We have proven over the last three years that we can provide high quality services, reaching more young people year on year and we continue to strive for an excellent service that meets the needs of young people in Royal Greenwich.
“I’d like to thank the Royal Borough of Greenwich for their support, Ambassador Dave Berry, Patrons The O2 and of course all the staff that deliver the service on a day to day basis”.
For more information on Charlton Athletic Community Trust, visit www.cact.org.uk