Teamwork Trust has scooped an award at the Wellingborough Chamber Business Awards 2017 in recognition for its work in the community.

The charity, which has a Wellingborough centre in Oxford Street and supports adults with mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities, is now appealing for more local businesses to get involved and see the charity for itself.

As well as providing a programme of education projects and activities for its Wellingborough members, Teamwork Trust has a ‘factory floor’ at its Oxford Street centre and works closely with local businesses.

Nick Hayton, Business and Fund Development Officer, said: “We already work with a number of local businesses who outsource their commercial requirements to us - everything from assembly work and packing to paper handling, repairs and labelling. We also have a van and can organise collections, we have a fork lift truck and a range of equipment including a shrink-wrapping machine and weighing scales.

“Not only do we help companies meet their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals, but working with us makes excellent business sense. We are also rightly proud of our work with the wider community in Wellingborough.”

Earlier this year Teamwork members worked with the Arson Task Force (ATF), supported by Wellingborough’s Safer Stronger Neighbourhood Partnership, on its ‘Operation Restore’, a project designed to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour in Wellingborough.

Teamwork Trust members collated all the safety information packs, working closely with the fire service to understand and meet the requirements and deadlines.

Other highlights for 2017 include:

  • Funding awarded by Wellingborough Council to help the charity to continue offering much needed counselling services to the local community.
  • Children in Need funding which enabled the charity’s Transitions Officer John Akers to support and work with schoolchildren from Friars Academy in Wellingborough, preparing them for the workplace and life after school.

Teamwork Trust, which also has centres in Corby and Kettering, was also recently crowned Not for Profit Business of the Year at the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards 2017. It also won another award in 2017, becoming the first ever charity to win a Northamptonshire Logistics Award, with its Wellingborough-based apprentice Kizzy Minter scooping Apprentice of the Year.

Nick added: “A huge thank you to Wellingborough Chamber and we hope to see and meet many Chamber members over the coming months.”