Charlton fans can vote from one of three Community Trust projects to receive a £2,000 donation following the club’s Back at the Valley game last month.
Charlton took on Portsmouth at The Valley on December 9th, 25 years after the two teams met in the first game following the club’s historic return to The Valley.
Representatives from the Fans’ Forum attended a meeting with the club and its community trust prior to the event to offer suggestions to help the club pay tribute to the anniversary in the best way possible.
A sliding scale ticket bonus was suggested by one of the Fans’ Forum to help drive attendance and the club, trust and Fans’ Forum jointly ran the project thanks to sponsor Regular Cleaning.
The attendance for the game was 16,361 meaning Regular Cleaning donated £1,000 to CACT, a donation matched by the club.
The money raised from the donations will be voted on by fans. More information on voting online is available on the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust website here. The money raised will go to one of these three Charlton Athletic Community Trust projects.
Music equipment for a youth hub
CACT works with over 7,000 young people in our youth service each year, supporting young people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds in Greenwich to pursue their ambitions and develop their skills. Our youth hubs provide specialist music equipment for young people to use with the help of trained youth workers. CACT have a great track record with this – some of our young people have performed on stage at the Indig02 and one young person has even gone on to compete on ITV The Voice.
Voting for this option will enable us to purchase new music equipment in one of our youth hubs, so more young people can benefit from these opportunities in the future.
IT Equipment for CACT’s new classroom
CACT uses the power of football to inspire young people and improve their education and employment opportunities. A new classroom has been built as part of the training ground development so we can run more education programmes for young people. CACT will run traineeships from here, giving young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. Our post-16 provision will also use it, giving them access to a purpose-built classroom for the first time for their academic studies that lead to NVQ qualifications.
Vote for this to help purchase education IT equipment to support young people’s learning.
Next Steps Mental Health Residential Trips
As part of CACT’s mental health work, we support people who have suffered a first episode of psychosis. Each summer, we run three-night residential trips for those at an advanced stage of their recovery, which strengthen the work done with the clients on a weekly basis, empowering them and increasing confidence and self-belief. Previously, most of the participants will not have been away from home for a significant period of time. This summer, clients went to Cornwall where they took part in a range of watersports activities as well as trips to the Eden Project, Falmouth and Newquay.
Vote for this option to help fund three-night residentials in the UK in summer 2018 for some of CACT’s mental health project clients.