A Preston man is hoping to use his community connections to raise awareness of a vocational training centre.
Stephen Helm has been supporting Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) through his work at Community Gateway Association (CGA), and is now hoping to raise enough funds for a TV to help with its promotional work.
He said: “I’ve been working on behalf of our subsidiary charity PVC which is an amazing part of helping train and develop young people in the community to gain qualifications in building trades.
“After they won an Selnet Award for Small Social Enterprise of the Year in May, I’m looking to promote them with a donation of a flatscreen TV for advertising purposes.
“The plan is to fit a TV to the wall in reception at PVC and use it to advertise the courses PVC do while using the young trainees to be filmed as part of the advertising each year to give them a sense of involvement and development.
“I’m helping PVC as part of my charity work we do at CGA where each year an employee does a good deed but I couldn’t help but offer my help for one year.
“PVC recently had its reception updated so to promote what courses it offers, I thought a TV showing what they do and using the young people to star on it they would feel more or an inclusion feeling while completing their training.
“Obviously other companies could be advertised on the TV such as associated firms and charity donators.”
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Martin Grayston, manager at PVC, based at Preston City Council Works Department, St Pauls Road, said: “To have a TV would be amazing as we could really promote PVC and showcase all the wonderful work we do with these young people and all the success stories we have had over the years. It would be ideal as we have been trying to get funding for one for years. It will be great for the students.
“Since we opened in February 2009 we have welcomed nearly 6,000 learners through the door.
“We recently won the Selnet Award for Small Social enterprise of the Year and have been finalists in the E3 Awards and Bibas for the last two years but our greatest achievements are seeing these young people develop their skills and progress into a positive destination.”
To make a donation call Stephen on 0800 953 0213