Castle Cavendish celebrates 10th BirthdayCastle Cavendish celebrates 10th Birthday

Castle Cavendish celebrated their 10th on 31st of June by doing what they know best – community engagement and support.

The well attended event brought together individuals, businesses and community groups to enjoy free food, drinks, music, activities and entertainment.

Somali women joined other local community groups in providing tasty foods while Dr Bike offered free bike checks. Jackie P from Kemet Radio and Contract Steel band kept everyone entertained with great music and dance tunes.

Castle Cavendish also ran ‘Grab-agrand’ competition which offered 3 community groups an opportunity to win £333.33 which was won by Hyson Green Cultural Festival. The Bridge Centre and Kicking it with Faith. Over the last 10 years, Castle Cavendish has been at the forefront of investing in young people and getting them to work.

Castle Cavendish Ltd rents properties and provides services in the community and income generated is donated back to Castle Cavendish Foundation, a charitable organisation. These funds plus Nottingham City Council grant support a range of activities for young people in the Arboretum, Hyson Green, Radford, Dunkirk and Lenton areas of the City.

Over £115,000 has been given out in grants in 2013/14. Castle Cavendish along with the City Council and other partners, such as DWP and Nottinghamshire Futures, through major funding from the Cabinet Office, has set up a Youth Employment Initiative for 18-24 year olds who have been unemployed for more than 13 weeks.

Two Community Employability Workers are being recruited to liaise with key partners and local providers to deliver the key ingredients to a work readiness programme that will prepare young people for work, and address the barriers they may have. One will cover Radford and Hyson Green and the other Lenton & Dunkirk. Details about the positions are available below.

The aim is to engage with over 130 young people, and support them through work readiness activities, placing 40% of these into work. It is anticipated that a lot of the work will be local facilities, right in the heart of the community. This will help local groups to be more successful while increasing the likelihood of meeting Castle Cavendish to meet their objectives.

Castle Cavendish is also working towards setting up 4 Digital Inclusion Work Clubs in Hyson Green, Radford, Lenton & Dunkirk. This has been made possible from a £21,000 plus grant received from One Nottingham. Negotiations are underway on likely venues and these clubs will be launched from early summer. These Work Clubs will provide support to local people to access job or training opportunities through digital technology.

To learn more about property to rent, offi ce and industrial space or to learn more about the work of Castle Cavendish, contact Castle Cavendish Works, Dorking Road, Radford, Nottingham, NG7 5PN. T: 0115 900 3100 and F: 0115 900 3200 or visit www.castlecavendish.org.uk

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