Art and Rehabilitation thanks to Hodgson Toyota and Cash for Kids
Children’s charity Cash for Kids teamed up with Hodgson Toyota Motors in Gateshead to fund an art project aimed at getting young offenders back on the right path.
The project ran by Gateshead Young Offenders team, will engage with hard-to-reach youngsters who want to make a positive change to improve their future. With the emphasis on photography and the environment, the organisers hope it will have a larger social impact by encouraging participants to take more pride in their surroundings.
The group will have to work as a team, creating their exhibits and project managing the scheme so that it culminates in a gallery of their work. It will encourage them to take responsibility, have a purpose, achieve a goal and in the process build self-confidence, self-worth and raise aspirations.
The funding provided will be used to purchase camera equipment, tripods, printing, some training and the costs of putting on an exhibition that the youngsters can take pride in.
Danny Jarvis Group Marketing Manager for Hodgson Motor Group said: "This is a project that Toyota Hodgson is really excited to be involved in. Giving youngsters, particularly those who have taken the wrong path, a new opportunity to get their life back on track is a fantastic way to show our commitment to the community in which we work and live. Everyone deserves a second chance, someone to invest in them and show them someone cares, and we at Toyota are proud to be a part of that.”
Stephanie Simpson at Cash for Kids added: “Cash for Kids are always looking for great projects that we feel make a substantial difference to young people’s lives. We’ve worked with Gateshead Young Offenders on different schemes over the last few years and know they do a fantastic job and really care about the youngsters they support. The team at Hodgson Motors are supporting us all year round raising funds through staff events and activities so that they can give money back to the communities that they reside. It really is a testament to their company ethics and generosity that they are so committed to making a real difference and we’re delighted to work so closely with them.