The Cheltenham Challenge is a fundraising event organised by Caring for Communities and People (CCP), registered charity No. 1043143. The charity provides a wide range of services for children, young people, families and vulnerable adults, aimed at preventing homelessness, strengthening families and communities, and supporting independence. Based in Cheltenham, we operate across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Dorset. Your entry fee pays for the management of the event, with any surplus after costs being used to support the work of the charity. Whilst you can use the event to raise money for any charity of your choice, CCP would value your fundraising support.
If you would like to use the event to support CCP, click here to visit the CCP website and sign up for our 100 Runners appeal.
In return for a pledge to raise at least £100 + gift aid, we’ll give you free entry to the event of your choice plus a branded T-Shirt.
For more information on CCP please visit our website at www.ccp.org.uk
CCP Facts & figures
The charity was originally founded in 1989 by a local businessman in response to the growing number of homeless young people in Cheltenham. Recognising that people as young as 16 were sleeping rough around the town after having been thrown out of their family home, he purchased a building and opened a 10 bed hostel.
Over the years, the charity has grown to become one of Gloucestershire’s foremost voluntary sector social care providers, with 90 staff and 160 volunteers. Today, some 28 years later, the original hostel is still managed by CCP as part of our Foyer service, offering integrated accommodation and training to young people who are working to achieve sustainable independent living. The charity has also expanded in terms of the range of services offered and the geographical reach, currently working across five counties in the South West.
We embrace Social Value by encouraging volunteers to get involved in all of our services and projects. We have around 190 volunteers adding value, skills and capacity to everything we do. In the last year, volunteers have contributed 28,400 hours, worth £375,000!
We also have a thriving student program and provide work placements for social work students from UWE, University of Gloucestershire and University of Worcestershire, overseen by qualified Practice Educators.
We deliver a comprehensive range of interlocking services including:
- Foyer Supported Accommodation and life-skills training for homeless young people aged 16 to 25 who are working to achieve independent living. CCP currently runs 89 units of supported accommodation for young homeless people in Cheltenham, Stroud, Patchway (South Gloucestershire) and Bournemouth, supporting around 200 young people per year.
- Independent Living Services for 16-17 year old Looked-After Children preparing to leave local authority care.
- Aspire Gloucestershire, a DCLG & Cabinet Office-funded project in partnership with P3 to support 167 high-risk young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
- Parenting and Family Support services, including intensive support to prevent children entering the care system, Family Relationships Mediation to prevent youth homelessness, and support for “Troubled Families”. In the last year we supported 72 families with issues relating to physical and mental health, disability, family breakdown, social exclusion, school exclusion, chaotic lifestyles, drug and alcohol abuse, anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and poor parenting skills.
- Cheltenham 1st Stop drop-in centre, offering information, advice and guidance. 1st Stop handled 5072 enquiries in the last year.
- CCP FoodShare – an emergency foodbank for people on the edge of poverty. In the last year, we provided 717 food parcels to people living on the edge of poverty.
- Advice & Financial Inclusion services, including debt, benefits, housing and welfare advice. The service provided advice to 653 people in the last year and secured £455,981 for clients, including debt written off, monies gained from charitable grants and benefits gained.
- Housing-related and mental health floating support services for adults at risk of homelessness. In Worcestershire, we operate a network of 6 drop-in centres across the county and helped 71 people avoid homelessness in the last year.
- Homelessness Prevention Services, including floating and drop-in support for adults at risk of homelessness, support for the No Second Night Out protocol, support for rough sleepers, and tenancy-ready training. Based in Worcestershire and helping 903 people in the last year.
- Housing Management services within supported accommodation sites
- Advocacy services, including Advocacy for Families, Children and Young People, and drug, alcohol & substance misuse advocacy.
- Community Wellbeing Service to help vulnerable adults in Cheltenham to access social and community support and activities where these are more appropriate than GP and NHS services, used by 824 people in the last year.
- Support for adults with learning difficulties
- Mentoring and support for young people
- Youth Activities: including Cheltenham Youth Club and Studio340 music and recording centre.
- A Wellbeing Centre offering services and activities for people with issues related to mental health, drugs & alcohol misuse, offending, learning disabilities etc., operated in partnership with Independence Trust
- A network of Drop-In centres for advocacy, housing, debt and benefits advice.
- Appropriate Adult services to monitor the rights and welfare of juveniles and vulnerable adults held in police custody. In the last 12 months, we provided AAs for 921 people in custody suites in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
- Volunteering Gloucestershire – the county’s general volunteering service, and Involve Gloucestershire, an employer-supported volunteering brokerage service.
- Hamper Scamper Christmas giving scheme: relying on the generosity of businesses, schools, churches and members of the public, in 2017 Hamper Scamper generated over 2,800 gifts for disadvantaged children and young people, and 1,671 food hampers for disadvantaged families and adults, worth over £137,000.
CCP provides a gold standard service to each and every child, young person, family and vulnerable adult we support. We hold 11 different nationally recognised quality marks. You can follow us on Twitter (@CCPCharity) and Facebook (/CCPCharity). If you’d like to help us transform the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, contact us on 01242 228999 or visit our website at www.ccp.org.uk