Painting a path for success

When the time came for local charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) to redecorate its city centre offices on Cowgate – home to an enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers – it decided to do things a little differently!

“As a charity, all of the decisions we make are informed by our desire to make a real difference to people’s lives,” explains PECT’s CEO Carly Leonard. “Whether it’s through the work of our projects or through the choices we make and the suppliers we work with, PECT endeavours to improve the local environment and the well-being of its communities whenever it can.”

For the redecoration project, the charity opted to use the services of Community Interest Company TTG Training, which formed in 2015. The company offers support to ex-offenders, young people and those seeking an alternative curriculum within Peterborough and surrounding areas by offering a safe, viable and sustainable route into employment.

From its Training Centre, TTG offers bespoke programs of trade, employment and life skills, returning responsibility to the individual as they pick up their lives and establish themselves as meaningful participants in the community. Links to industry are strengthened by a live work-based strand in which participants are able to road test their readiness for employment.

“The opportunity to work with PECT has enabled us to expose individuals to the demands of employment in a safe, challenging and credible environment,” explains Charlie Sharpe, Director of TTG Training CIC. “PECT has embraced this concept as part of its refurbishment requirements and TTG are delighted to be party to a joint venture that brings industry, enterprise and delivery together to provide a vehicle for positive social change.”

For more information about the charity’s work, visit www.pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408. Plus find PECT on Facebook by searching ‘Peterborough Environment City Trust’ or on Twitter @SustainableCity.

For further details about TTG Training take a look at www.ttgtraining.org.uk, follow the organisation on Twitter @TTGCIC or follow on Facebook at /ttgtrainingCIC.