Tony Martin RIP  
"CCP are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Tony Martin of Zurich Community Trust (ZCT) following major lung surgery at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.  Tony was a staunch supporter of CCP and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.
Zurich have been supporting CCP since June 2001, where we launched into our epic journey outside the Eagle Tower in Cheltenham ...... That was 16 years ago and Tony has been with us every step of the way.
CCP were initially chosen as a major grant beneficiary, together with the James Hopkins Trust and Winston's Wish.
Thereafter we worked alongside Tony and the teams at Zurich on a varied range of challenge and skills exchanges, greatly benefitting our charity, but also the people of ZCT and Zurich. Some of the more notable events have been: 
  • 100+ Moving In and Moving On boxes for our homeless young people coming into and leaving our accommodation
  • Baby Boxes for new mums with little or no money bringing home babies, often for the first time
  • Garden makeovers galore, including a raised vegetable plot at the rear of 33 St Pauls Street North and our allotments
  • Room makeovers too numerous to mention
  • ID badges for all staff (in the early 2000’s)
  • Leaflet design and production
  • Use of the facilities at the Grange, on so many occasions, including use of the board room with lunch for our early Away Days
  • Office equipment to modernise our ageing charity furniture
  • Use of the Zurich Listening Ear facility, which is a confidential advice line for our employees and for HR issues
  • Funding towards the CCP Youth facilities and trips out
  • Management support
  • And the almost famous Hamper Scamper, which provides toys and food hampers for children, their families and homeless young people who are all on the bread line and cannot afford the luxuries most take for granted
Tony was instrumental in the development of Hamper Scamper, which now reaches many thousands of vulnerable children, young people and families every year.  Not only do our service users benefit, but so do those of around 50 other charities and causes. This is a fantastic legacy, fitting of such a kind and generous individual such as Tony.
Tony leaves a huge hole in our lives and will be missed by many hundreds of people whose lives he touched, especially in the charity and community sector.
Perhaps most poignant will be Hamper Scamper 2017, where we will greatly miss Tony, the Christmas Elf, helping Mr Christmas bring a little festive cheer to all those who need it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends at this time."
Cordell Ray, Chief Executive Officer
CCP FoodShare appeals to church and school Harvest Festivals
Each autumn, schools, churches, and many other organisations come together to celebrate the food gathered from that year’s harvest, yet harvest time is also a time when food poverty is highlighted.  While CCP FoodShare has been well supported in previous years by schools and churches, and we are incredibly grateful for all we have received, we are appealing to more churches and more schools to give more this year.
CCP FoodShare is an emergency foodbank for people and families in times of crisis.  Many of those who need help are generally ordinary people who suddenly find themselves facing poverty and hunger due to loss of salary, change in benefits, unexpected large bills, illness or family breakdown.  The FoodShare scheme provides food parcels to cover the immediate crisis or to give support in the intervening period before statutory agencies can begin ongoing longer term assistance.  CCP FoodShare relies on the year round generosity of churches, schools, clubs, associations, businesses and members of the public. 
In an average year, CCP FoodShare distributes more than 800 food parcels from Cheltenham 1st Stop and through the network of CCP support workers in Gloucestershire and further afield.  These numbers are expected to increase dramatically when Universal Credit is rolled out on 6th December. 
Universal Credit will mean that claimants will have to wait up to six weeks for their first payment, a delay that Claire Baston, CCP’s Benefits and Welfare Adviser, is expecting to exacerbate referrals to CCP Foodshare.   Claire said: "I have concerns about the amount of food we will have available to give to clients.  Universal Credit goes live on 6th December, which means if someone makes a claim on that day they may not receive their first UC payment until 16th January.  That six week period includes Christmas.  Research shows that in Universal Credit areas the demand for food parcels increases by about 17% with some foodbanks reporting an increase of up to 60% in referrals.  Not only this, but clients are needing food parcels for longer.  We need to do something about this now.  It would be great if we could really build up our stocks with harvest festival donations.  With the arrival of Universal Credit, winter coming and Christmas too, we really need to prepare early and get our stock levels up now." 
CCP FoodShare will accept donations of non-perishable food items from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, at CCP's Head Office, 15 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, or, for larger amounts, please contact us on 0300 365 8999 to arrange collection.  Monetary donations can also be made online at CCP FoodShare.  Whether you donate food or money, whatever you can give will really make a difference to someone’s life.    
Dan's doing the double: Diploma and apprentice  
Dan was a client at two of CCP's Foyer Supported Accommodation sites, Bramah House and The Arkells.  He has recently left CCP accommodation and now lives independently in a shared house.  While a client, he volunteered for CCP in our facilities department, assisting with repairs and day to day maintenance. 
We are extremely pleased to announce we have taken Dan on as a maintenance apprentice, which means he will be working at CCP while studying for his Level 2 Diploma in building, maintenance, multi-skilled repair and refurbishment operations at GlosCol.
Cordell Ray, CCP's CEO, said: "Dan is a lovely young man ... he is representative of many of the young people who temporarily reside with CCP.  Dan has offered so much of his time to CCP over the past year, voluntarily.  He should be held in awe and high regard by us all.  We can all learn a great deal from the 'Dans' of this world.
A more caring and sharing world of collaboration and sharing.  Good luck Dan, although I know you don't need luck!"
PCC youth club funding secured for a further 4 years  
CCP's youth club, Edge@GL50, recently hosted Gloucestershire's Deputy Police Crime Commissioner, Chris Brierley, along with CCP's CEO Cordell, Deputy Dave, trustees Michael Ratcliffe and Barbara Driver, and a number of young people who use the service. 
The event saw the relaunch of Edge@GL50, now relocated and rebranded, and also celebrated the news that the PCC had pledged to fund the project for another 4 years!  The Deputy PCC presented CCP with a plaque and thanked everybody involved with the project for all of their hard work trying to engage young people at risk of offending and / or social exclusion and helping to break ‘the cycle of crime,’.  He also thanked us for the inclusive environment we have managed to foster for teenagers.   
Also in attendance was the talented Cheltenham based artist, Rhys Cowes, who coordinated a street art project over the summer, helping our young people realise their creative potential.  The mural is now finished and is something that everybody connected to the youth club is incredibly proud of.  If you haven’t seen it yet, we urge you to call into 340 High Street, Cheltenham, and have a look.
The event closed with three young people and CCP's Youth Development Workers, Lameck and Barnaby, thanking the PCC for making the provision possible.
Edge@GL50 is a targeted youth club aimed at disadvantaged children and young people aged 11 to 16 years old who live in the deprived areas surrounding Cheltenham town centre.
Ede@GL50 is open  from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, all year round, providing structured positive activities combined with educaiton, advice and counselling sessions, that are specifically tailored to the needs of the users.
The Questline TEN4CCP Challenge 
"A personal achievement, I am so fortunate to have completed."
CCP's CEO, Cordell Ray, has been getting on his bike, quite literally, helping to raise funds for CCP.  Cordell said: "When Anthony Nellis, Managing Director of Questline Global, said that he was going to do 10 events for CCP to celebrate his 10 years in business, with the aim of raising a few £££'s along the way, never did I think that I would be such a close part of his quest.
Anthony's first QuestlineTEN4CCP event was in June (Fathers Day) and found 'me' running the Cheltenham Challenge Half Marathon with him, over Cleeve Hill on the hottest day of 2017.  Never having run more than 10K previously, this was a super daunter!!  We were joined by 8 others making an amazing team of 10 and an incredible start to Anthony's quest. 
Half way into the run Anthony said 'well I've got a Half Iron Man in August (2 mile swim, 60 mile ride and then a half marathon), fancy doing the Cheltenham Tri with me in September?'
Never one to back down, the training started soon after.  Mainly in the pool as my weakest discipline, the event soon dawned upon us as Anthony, Rob Adkins & Paul Berry of Officeworx, and Kate Daws from The Gloucester Old Spot, met at the Cheltenham Lido ahead of the event on Sunday 10th September.
Big shout out to the team who joined Anthony (Rob, Paul & Kate) and to the Tri Woodmancote team who helped me in my training, to Cheltenham Lido for a well organised event and to all who have contributed towards Anthony's over all fundraising target of £8K, of which £4,523.75 (56%) is already pledged, only 3 events in.  Well done everyone." 
To help Anothony reach his target of £8k, please donate via the Questline TEN4CCP Challenge JustGiving page.
Peer Mentoring: "I'm giving something back"
Our Worcestershire Homeless Prevention Service (HoPES) is recruiting volunteers.  John is one of our amazing Peer Mentor volunteers.  He said: 
"My name is John and I volunteer for Worcestershire Homeless Prevention as a Peer Mentor.  As somebody who has struggled in the past with mental health problems, I understand how difficult day to day life can be and why some people fall behind on paying their rent or bills.  Without support, it’s easy to see how someone can quickly end up losing their home and be out on the streets.  Things can spiral out of control very quickly.
I wanted to use my own experiences to support others through their journeys.  That’s when I realised I could become a Peer Mentor with CCP.  Now, I work alongside those at risk of homelessness providing emotional and practical support. 
It’s amazing how much difference it can make for an individual to receive assistance from someone who has been there before.  I feel like I’m giving something back." 
If, like John, you have first hand experience of issues relating to homelessness and would like to train to become a Peer Mentor, please contact  
Hannah goes the extra mile for CCP
Hannah Creighton is a Support Worker based at Sevenoaks, our Foyer Supported Accommodation in Bournemouth.
Despite describing herself as 'about as fit as a shovel', Hannah recently took part in the New Forest 5K Run, raising a magnificent £155 towards buying sports equipment and funding a 'massively overdue' fun team building day out for the young people  living in Sevenoaks.
Sevenoaks has 18 units of accommodation providing housing and support for young people aged 16 to 21 in Bournemouth, and is staffed 24 hours a day. 
A time of 36 minutes and 24 seconds placed Hannah at 124 out of 290.  Great to position in the first half, and greater still that she spent her time away from work raising money for CCP.  Well done Hannah!
Watch this space for news of more athletic endeavours from Bournemmouth staff and residents next month!
September 2017
Tony Martin RIP
CCP FoodShare appeals to church and school Harvest Festivals
Dan's doing the double: Diploma and apprentice
Youth club funding secured for a further 4 years
The Questline TEN4CCP Challenge
Peer Mentoring: 'I'm giving something back'
Hannah goes the extra mile for CCP
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Homeless young people
£5 = feed 20 young people in supported accommodation with a basic beakfast
Support for young people
£20 = 1hr drop in session offering information, advice and guidance
Family support
£25 = feed a family of 4 with a basic breakfast and evening meal for 7 days
Moving in boxes
£30 = 1 moving in box for a homeless young person
Family support
£50 = 2hr family mediation session
£100 = Advocab ready to roll in any emergency
Moving on boxes
£500 = 10 young people provided with a moving on box
Fairshare food
£1,000 = 20 young people fed for 1 year
Outward Bound
£2,000 = 8 young people, 2 leaders x 1 trip
Studio 340
£3,000 = 3hr session every week for 12 months for unemployed vulnerable young people
Work readiness
£4,000 = 8 young people to attend an 8 week programme
Youth workers
£5,000 = 1 nights' youth work over a year
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fantastic supporters for their tremendous support.
Without this support many of our added value projects wouldn't exist so thanks for making these projects possible.
Caring for Communities and People
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