Sunday, 27 May 2012

Three ways School - cafe update

We have received this from the school

It’s now  three months since we launched the Fundraising Campaign for The Enterprise Café and Shop with Handelsbanken and Don Foster MP. We are working hard to raise the £400,000 and hope to begin the build at Three Ways Special School in the next 18 months.

We now have secured £100,000 from school funds and over £20,000 of other donations with fingers crossed for some of the Trust and Grant applications to be successful in the coming months.

If you haven’t seen it already please log onto our website and watch the amazing short film about The Café, why it’s needed and the school

Several local companies have now pledged their support for a new Café. Rotork have recently made a donation of £2,500 towards the project. Other companies are offering help by speaking to clients and partners to secure donations of goods and services for the Café. Procol Ltd are working to provide the furnishings and flooring for the Café for free as well as running a competition with a local college to look at naming and branding the Café. Barclays Corporate are organising a sponsored Cycle Ride during the Olympics from London to Olympia in Greece, they are looking for sponsorship and help with the fundraising.

Chris Harris, HR Manager for Rotork, commented: “Rotork has a long tradition of encouraging and helping young people to maximise their potential and the Three Ways Special School Enterprise Cafe is in tune with our culture and beliefs. We are delighted to support this worthwhile project and to be part of something that provides young people with opportunities and experiences that will stand them in good stead for the future.”

We have had some great press coverage from the launch and continue to hound the local press with good news stories about the progress.

The school want to provide young people with disabilities with more options for the future, in 2011 only 49% of disabled people were in work. By providing qualifications and experience for young people the school hope to overcome some of the boundaries to future employment and training.

Even if you can’t support the project with a huge donation every penny and every contact counts, please call or email us to sponsor the bike ride or to be involved in any way. Tweet about the project, introduce us to a company you are working with, check out our website or send in your spare change, everything will help us reach our huge target of £400,000!

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