Gladstone Connect: what we do
Mission Statement: “Striving for a prosperous and self-confident community”
Gladstone Connect is an urban regeneration charity, established in 1997, whose objectives are to promote public benefits in areas of social & economic deprivation particularly in the inner city area of Peterborough. In general, it is to assist in the relief of poverty & unemployment, advance education & training, improve housing and, health & wellbeing by all means available, including securing funds for specific projects and working with other partners.
To seek first-rate access to services for all residents of the inner city area of Peterborough
To support residents in their aspirations for secure and properly rewarded employment, for safe and secure housing, for well-resourced education and training, for good health and wellbeing and for enjoyable recreation and social contact
To act as a conduit for service providers to access residents of our area in order to assess their needs and make appropriate provision accordingly
To increase the awareness of rights and responsibilities among residents of our area
To encourage the development of local services by local people
To seek resources where possible to deliver services for local people to meet identified needs
Gladstone Connect wants every child and vulnerable adult who uses the Centre, regardless of age, to develop their potential and to enjoy and benefit from the services and facilities we have to offer. We therefore believe that at all times and in all situations, they have a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that might lead to their being physically or psychologically damaged.
Our safeguarding policy commits us to provide systems for recognising and reporting any such risk, and outlines our duty of care to safeguard all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities at the Centre.
A copy of our full policy is available on request.
Our very own park
Those of you who walk, cycle or drive past the Centre will have noticed the dramatic change that's taken place outside the Centre.
We applied for and were successful in getting grant funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to develop the 'Pocket Park'.
We used the money to completely re-design the space, creating a series of raised beds, now planted with beautiful perennial plants, attractive to pollinators (butterflies, bees, etc.) This green space has been a safe haven during the Covid pandemic and continues to be a place of sanctuary for local residents and volunteers.
Alongside the flower beds, we were grateful to the Council for funding new play equipment for younger children. We've also re-painted the railings and bench seating.
All in all, we've now got a wonderful new space, to be enjoyed by all of the community. It's absolutely lovely to see the children running through the flowerbeds, following the stepping-stone path we've created; and to have helped raised awareness of the biodiversity around us.
We've had a lot of positive feedback from local residents. For example, one young child commented "It smells of nature here now" - what a lovely thing to say!
We'd like to say a big thank you to Liam Doherty, of Crega Landscapes, who managed the transformation of the space. Liam put in a huge number of hours, often in difficult weather, moving soil, building the wooden raised beds, obtaining and planting the fantastic array of flowering plants. Also a huge thank you to Up the Garden Bath, Community First Peterborough, The Olive Branch Community Garden and Wildheart UK for their contributions over the last 12 months.
Join our Stakeholders' Group: help shape our work
If you're a user of our wonderful centre and want to get more involved and have a say in how we do things, the range of events and services we provide, and have ideas to share; please get in touch with us.
We're looking to establish a Stakeholders' Group, which will meet occasionally to exchange ideas and help shape what we do here.
If you'd like to join us, drop in and speak to the Centre Manager. Alternatively, send an email to email@example.com
A Centre for all the community
YOUR Centre at the heart of YOUR community, Gladstone Connect aims to provide a diverse range of activities and services, in a bright, clean, safe and welcoming facility. We want you to be part of the story - why not drop by and see what we have to offer!
We offer a versatile main hall, which can be used for a variety of activities, including parties, public meetings, fitness classes and children's play activities; a smaller classroom, ideal for workshops and smaller meetings; and we have a superb, modern kitchen.