By Clare Skivington
Community Support Manager, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
Before the pandemic, it gave our customers and colleagues from Gloucester Services a chance to meet the people behind our Community Partners, and an opportunity to get hands on and try some of the fantastic things they do, from making wildflower seed bombs with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and helping with the beehives on site to making robots from scrap materials and playing table tennis and hopscotch with Play Gloucestershire, through to planting herbs and crafting. GL Communities even brought a shark with them to talk to colleagues and customers about loansharks and their free money advice service.
“Being able to meet and talk to colleagues and customers at Gloucester Services made it so much easier for people to understand what APT in Stonehouse is all about and what we provide for our community” Jacky, All Pulling Together
This year our community partner’s have worked so hard in supporting their own communities with food, recipe bags and craft bags as well as support with wellbeing. Our colleagues have been a big part of this too, giving their time to volunteer and put packs and materials together from their own homes. Bringing together people’s strengths is what strong communities are all about.
We need to celebrate our community partners more than ever. Their resilience, determination and strength are a credit to them all. This year, 'Time to Shine' will have to be done a little differently, but we hope just as fun and worthwhile. Each month from March this year we hope to feature a different GGT Partner, we hope you will read their stories and get to know them and maybe feel inspired to get involved."
You can also find out more about our community partners by visiting their dedicated pages on our website.