Community is at the heart of what we do at Broughton. Whether we’re fundraising for the local community or creating a dementia friendly centre through staff training, our goal is the same: to create a place makes a real difference to people’s lives.
Over the past year we’ve been working hard with independent economics consultancy Regeneris to highlight exactly what we’re doing for Broughton, Flintshire and beyond. We’re delighted with the results and hope you will be too. You can read the full review here or read some of our favourite projects below.
We know how tough it can be to clinch that first job – that’s why we introduced our Bright Lights: Starting Out in Retail programme. The initiative equips applicants with the skills and confidence they need for future employment and is aimed at local people aged 16 -25. The programme lasts for five weeks and includes various skills-based training and valuable on the job experience. Last year The Body Shop was so impressed with one of its trainees, they were employed on the spot!
In addition to the Bright Lights programme, we hosted our first annual Jobs Fair last year with over 60% of attendees gaining employment on the day. That’s what we call a result!
Young Readers Programme
Another project we’ve fallen in love with is the Young Readers Programme. The initiative was created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust to help improve the reading skills and confidence of school children. We’re delighted to say that we’ve helped almost 1,000 girls and boys get excited about reading since the programme began in 2013.
What we’ve contributed
- 1,900 jobs for the local area
- 10% of all business rates collected from Flintshire County Council, a cool £6.7 million
- 1 in 4 retail jobs and 1 in every 40 jobs across Flintshire
- £24 million over the past three years to make Broughton a place people prefer
- Over £91,000 into the local community since 2015
- Since 2015 almost 400 tonnes of waste has been re-used or recycled – that’s 99% diverted from landfill!