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Positive Footprints partner with M&Y and Weaver Vale Housing Trust to support local school children

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Positive Footprints have partnered with M&Y and Weaver Vale Housing Trust so that children can explore the world of work, build resilience and develop skills for the future.

M&Y Maintenance and Construction is a 40-year-old business delivering repairs, construction and maintenance services across the North West. The company takes pride in having a strategic approach towards supporting the communities in which they operate in. The industry leader places heavy importance on social value and how they can impact the local area positively.

M&Y are working with Weaver Vale Housing Trust to deliver Springfield Avenue, a construction project in Helsby, Cheshire and are pleased to announce that as part of their commitment to the local area they have funded a 12 month Raising Aspirations Programme to be delivered by Positive Footprints.

The Raising Aspirations programme is designed to give children the skills they need to lead positive lives. It helps children to build resilience, increase confidence, engage with lessons, develop self-belief, develop employability skills, increase self-awareness, raise their aspirations, and open up the world of work.

The programme will be delivered to 36 children, age 10 and 11 at Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School.

Gill Kelly, Managing Director at M&Y Maintenance and Construction, said: “This is a great initiative for M&Y to fund as it allows us to directly support children within the local area develop the skills and mindset needed to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Positive Footprints are a fantastic organisation, inspiring children to believe in themselves across the North West via their school programmes.

“As a woman in construction, I am also keen to tackle stereotypes that children form at this age. It is important to inspire more young girls to consider a career in construction so we can increase diversity in the future. We cannot wait to receive some updates from the children about the programme.”

Both M&Y and Positive Footprints are part of The Regenda Group.

Lesley Burrows, Managing Director at Positive Footprints, said: “Now more than ever it’s so important to be investing in the future of our children. Unfortunately, COVID-19 and recent lockdowns is having a detrimental effect on children’s education and well-being, particularly the most vulnerable.

“Despite the majority of schools being closed, and children home learning across the UK, we are still managing to deliver our Raising Aspirations programme with the support of brilliant teachers – the raising aspirations programme will enable our children to learn whilst staying safe at home, and we are delighted to be partnering with M&Y Maintenance and Construction, Weaver Vale Housing Association and Weaver Vale Primary School to do this.”

Mr Peter Van Geffen, Headteacher at Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School, said: “In times such that we are going through, it is even more important to give children the tools to recognise and understand their dreams. We are looking forward to working with Positive Footprints and Weaver Vale Housing Trust in ‘raising the future aspirations’ of the children in Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School.”

You can learn more about the Raising Aspirations programme here >