The Aston Project
The Aston Project was set up in Cheltenham in 2011 in memory of Neighbourhood Officer PC Lynn Aston. The project aims to work with young people (aged 9-17) by identifying their interests and engaging them in constructive activity through which they build credits towards a reward activity. The credit scoring activities fall broadly into four categories; community based, discipline based, character/team building or vocational.
In April 2015 the Aston Project expanded to cover Gloucester. Further plans are now being developed to increase the coverage of the Aston Project into other areas within the County of Gloucestershire.
Timebanking – How it works:
All our young people have different interests, likes and skills, and all of you are good at at least one thing!
13 yrs and under: We facilitiate and encourage (working with parents support) membership & attendance at as many clubs, sports, events and activities as possible: for each hour you attend you will earn 1 time credit.
14 years and over: We facilitate and support club membership as above, but, based on your ambitions, skills and interests, we also look for a placement with a local business where time credits can be earned – again 1 hour = 1 time credit. This system supports our local businesses by offering potential future employees free of cost to the business, but allows our young people to learn, develop, enjoy and succeed in an environment they WANT to be in. We hope that the placements will develop into part time or full time paid employment, or further education/apprenticeships.
There are also opportunities throughout the year to support local charities such as The Animal Shelter, Sue Ryder, and Winston’s Wish by helping out at fundraising or community events