Here at Futureworks NY, we’ve just celebrated our 8th birthday!
We can’t quite believe it, either!
We first started out in January 2012 (an Olympic year, which included the incredible Super Saturday).
We’ve also feel like we’ve come a fair distance since our first few months here at Futureworks, all those years ago.
Back then, we secured one small contract and our first member of staff, Helen. We had a small rented office so it was a bit of a squeeze!
Race forward 2020: a new year, a new decade and eight years later … we’re so proud of what we’ve achieved.
- We now have six staff, along with Michelle and Sarah.
- We have a project funded through the Big Lottery.
- We have a project funded through Children in Need.
- We have contracts through the European Social Fund.
- And, most amazingly of all, we have supported nearly 600 young people since we began in 2012.
Of course we have a lot of people to thank, too … those who support us, believe in us and help us get to achieve so much. Thank you, everyone!
So as we’re at the beginning of another Olympic year, we’re hoping to go the distance for another eight years at least. And while there are no medals, seeing so many young people achieve their potential is reward enough!
We are delighted to see that Michelle and Sarah have been nominated for an award!
They’re in the list for the Business Woman of Year category in the Yorkshire Choice Awards.
As we know, this dynamic duo co-founded Futureworks NY, a Community Interest Company in 2012.
Futureworks NY is a not-for-profit organisation that helps local learners from school age upwards, enabling them to acquire life skills, confidence, practical skills and some qualifications in an environment that suits their individual requirements.
Sarah said: “I am thrilled to have been nominated for this fantastic award and feel very honoured to be listed alongside some superb local businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Michelle said: “The Yorkshire Choice Awards have nominations from across Yorkshire, so to be ‘on the list’ is a great achievement!”
Vote here, folks
Christmas is a time to INDULGE!
And here at Futureworks NY headquarters, we have really pushed the boat out!
We teamed up with So… Visualise recently (we’ve worked with Lisa and her team before), this time to help them create gigantic confectionary. Unfortunately, these giant sweets were not edible … we will explain …
With the festive season well underway, Lisa and her crew were helping create a special dining room experience for the Kingspan Christmas meal. Kingspan has a large site in Sherburn just off the A64 and you’ve probably seen their lorries in the area.
This year’s theme at the Kingspan meal had a sweet angle with oversized sweets, large stripy candy canes, a coal-effective fire and a fairy light archway to greet the guests and the tableware matched the bright red and white colour scheme. It looked totally stunning!
We helped make lots and lots and lots of enormous sweets … as mentioned, none of them were edible but we had a plentiful supply of biscuits to keep us going!
It was a huge honour to help Lisa with the Kingspan event, which took place earlier in December at The Spa, South Bay, Scarborough.
You can imagine our surprise and delighted when Kingspan donated £200 to our funds, too! We were totally chuffed at this … thank you, Kingspan!
We really enjoyed helping this event to really ‘pop’ and thank you to Lisa, her team and of course Kingspan for giving us the opportunity.
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year … we’ll keep you posted with lots of things happening in 2020!
We are delighted to tell you that we’ve received £250 from local supermarket group, Proudfoot.
Scarborough’s family-run Proudfoot supermarket group supported us through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity, which raises funds from the sale of Heritage and Co-op own label products, in addition to funds raised via the four supermarkets’ in-store collecting tins.
We are so pleased as we know this is partly due to local people donating their small change when shopping in a Proudfoot store.
Thank you, everyone! With this generosity, we can continue to work within our local community!
Did you know … furniture can be up-cycled, reused and purchased, thanks to Futureworks NY!
We renovate and up-cycle pre-owned furniture at our onsite workshop. Renovated items can be purchased and find forever homes in the borough.
The project is run through the Community Works scheme, funded by the Big Lottery and is unique to the Scarborough area.
Community Works is open to those aged 18 to 25 years of age, and we have small, welcoming groups in which learners acquire new skills and confidence in a supportive environment. One of the key areas of learning is furniture restoration and sometimes the piece that’s being renovated is completely unrecognisable as it’s been totally transformed. Our Community Works team includes Jamie who is never happier than when a paintbrush is in his hand!
As part of our on-going commitment to the Community Works project, we do accept donated furniture items however we do have limited storage space so please contact us for more information.