At Gloucester Services, a partnership between business and charity, Westmorland and Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, was formed with the aim of providing sustainable income and vital jobs for the local communities surrounding the motorway service area.
The partnership enables us to donate a percentage of our sales, excluding fuel, each year back into the community. However, it is not just about charitable donations; it is a more fundamental way of connecting business and community for the benefit of both.
All Pulling Together at Gloucester Services
The Trust works in partnership with local charities including The Nelson Trust, Play Gloucestershire, GL Communities, Fair Shares Community Time Banks and All Pulling Together Community Association in Stonehouse and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
The All Pulling Together Community Association was founded in October 2010 and was set up by the local residents of Park Estate, Stonehouse. It was such a success that they decided to have a permanent base to provide information, support and facilities for community use and activity groups.
APT’s Gallery and crafting group The Crafty Stitchers
As part of All Pulling Together’s ‘month to shine’ at Gloucester Services, a variety of activities have been taking place including a craft group meeting, a new gallery installation curated by All Pulling Together, a guitar jam session and most recently, a gardening group got together to plant a new herb garden which can be enjoyed by members of the community and our colleagues.
Herb planting at Gloucester Services
Clare Skivington, Community Support Manager at Gloucester Services said,
“A month to shine came about because I wanted to find a way to allow colleagues to get to know our GGT Partners, who they help support as well as raising awareness with our customers at Gloucester Services to tell the story of how some of the money they spend here goes directly to help some great community projects. It’s also an opportunity to learn about the work they do and groups they run, which are open to everyone.”
Jacky Edwards APT volunteer added,
“It has been an amazing month for all the groups at APT and our volunteers to be able to show the range of activities we undertake. The groups have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of showing the public and Services staff what is on offer at APT. All those that have taken part in the month to shine have gained confidence in their ability to undertake activities together and look forward to the next time.”