Game-Changing Social Enterprise Wins Powys Business Award

The work of a social enterprise, which aims to become a flagship center of excellence dedicated to developing the life skills of young people, has been recognized at the Powys Business Awards 2022.

The Game Change Project (TGCP) CIC, based in Aberhafesp, near Newtown, received the Social Enterprise/Charity Award, sponsored by Myrick Training Services, at the annual awards ceremony held at Dering Lines, Brecon, Friday evening.

Showcasing the diversity of successful businesses in the county, the Powys Business Awards are organized by the Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG) with the support of sponsors.

TGCP was created in 2019 by directors Andrew Evans and Sian Roberts to provide opportunities to help disengaged young people build life skills and confidence.

Over 130 young people have taken courses with TGCP, gaining employability skills, youth achievement awards, a Welsh Baccalaureate and other qualifications to improve their employment prospects. Many of them have progressed to college, apprenticeships and self-employment.

A qualified engineer, Andrew diversified the family farming business in 1994 to launch Mid Wales Off Road, a rally kart track and outdoor activity centre. It provided work experience and employment opportunities to unlock the potential of young people disengaged from traditional education.

With a professional background in community development and health coaching, Sian completed a diploma in horse-facilitated learning in 2019. She says caring for horses and ponies is therapeutic for young people who also learn important skills of life.

Andrew and Sian now combine their skills, experience and resources with three other directors – Anna Hemingsley, Sorrel Crompton and Carol Thomas – to make a real difference in the lives of young people.

With its motto “Bringing Learning to Life”, the company gives young people the chance to try out all sorts of hands-on activities, including excavator driving, mechanics and traditional rural skills that introduce them to solving. problems and teamwork.

Collaboration has been key to the success of the venture, as strong links have been forged with local businesses, third sector organizations and education.

TGCP involves young people in shared activities with veterans and teaching digital skills to seniors. Funding from the grant will help expand the team and develop corporate team building events over the next year

Sian Roberts said: “It is absolutely amazing to win this award and we are very proud of the team we work with and the young people we support. I would like to thank the organizers and sponsors for recognizing third sector organizations in Powys. »

Andrew thanked the National Lottery Community Fund in Wales and PAVO for their funding and support, without which he said the company could not have achieved such success.

The Powys Business Award judges said: “The Game Change Project is undoubtedly making a huge contribution to participants who attend farm activities.

“The project has tremendous scope for sustainable growth if funds and resources could be secured. In the future, we believe that this project model could be duplicated on other sites if desired. »

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