- Launch of new student programme - Monday 8th September [August 2014]
8th September is fast approaching. This date marks the beginning of a new era for Camtrust with the introduction of our dynamic and exciting programme of activities focussed on independent living and work based activities including preparing healthy meals, safe food handling, baking and cake decoration, office administration, customer service, IT and so much more...
We are looking forward to welcoming our new cohort of students and starting on this new adventure together.
- Open Day [August 2014]
Look out for our Open Day in October (date to be announced) when our brand new kitchen facilities will be on view.
- Exciting new developments at Camtrust [July 2014]
We are delighted to announce that, from September, Camtrust will be operating independently and will be offering a vibrant and lively new programme focussed on independent living and work-based activities, including preparing healthy meals, safe food handling, baking and cake decoration, computer skills, office administration, looking for work and customer service, plus drama, music, games and more!
- Collect tokens for Camtrust at Waitrose this August [July 2014]
Camtrust has been chosen by Waitrose in Trumpington for the charities' token collection in August. Please let your family and friends know about it and sustain our charitable work.
- Student news - the world of work [September 2013]
We are delighted that two of our students have secured employment positions, one in a part-time paid role at Sainsbury's and the other as a volunteer, gaining work experience at the Central Library in Cambridge. They will both carry on studying at Camtrust next year while working.
- Fun and games and BBQs [June 2013]
On Wednesday 26th June Camtrust students got together with the other local social firms for an end of term picnic at Milton Country Park. The students enjoyed meeting each other and playing ball games in the sunshine before having their picnic lunch. The day was finished off with a very energetic game of rounders. The students and staff celebrated the end of this year with a BBQ at Camtrust.
- Strawberries and cream [June 2013]
Julie and her team of helpers have been busy raising money by selling strawberries again at local events.
- Cambridge Beer Festival [May 2013]
Camtrust was chosen this year as the Official Charity of the 40th Cambridge Beer Festival, which took place on Jesus Green from the 20th to 25th of May The great news came out of the blue and we were really delighted to receive recognition for our work in training young adults with disabilities in Cambridge. To be part of the Beer Festival has been a unique chance for a small charity like ours to make people aware of what we do - last year the event attracted more than forty thousand visitors. Camtrust's staff, students and volunteers were there manning a large stall of new and second-hand books and talking to visitors about our charitable work and our Design and Print Social Enterprise. Our great team of volunteers also made bucket collections and sold raffle tickets during the festival and we managed to raise nearly £7000! Our most heartfelt thanks goes to the Cambridge Beer Festival organisers for giving us this opportunity, and to the donors of raffle prizes.
- New iMac for Camtrust [May 2013]
We have recently purchased a new iMac 27 and an Adobe Creative Suite 6 here at Camtrust thanks to the generous contribution of The Rank Foundation. We are all very excited about it as it will enable our Social Enterprise to extend the range of design services it provides and to give even more opportunities to our students in gaining valuable work-experience.
- Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea [May 2013]
On the 13th and 14th of May our students prepared and beautifully decorated nearly one hundred handmade cupcakes and six sponge cakes and opened Camtrust's doors to the community for teas and coffee. The students were busy selling, serving and washing up and there was also a second-hand book stall. Both the events were planned and organised by Camtrust's students as part of their study units about enterprise and serving food and drinks and proved extremely popular. The students decided to use the £180 they earned for Camtrust's end of year barbecue.
- Visit by a Police Community Support Officer and a Magistrate [March 2013]
In March, Tony Martin, a local PCSO Officer and Judy Rowland, a magistrate, came to see us and answered students' questions about their work. Their visit was arranged as part of a study unit on young people, law and order, and both Tony and Judy were welcomed with enthusiasm and interest by the students.
- Open Day [February 2013]
On the 27th of February we welcomed visitors and prospective students here at Camtrust. The Open Day was very successful and the students had the chance to show their work. There was a lot of interest about the exciting new courses on offer and, as a result, some new learners will join us in September.
- Preparing for the world of work [December 2012]
During the Autumn term, the students have been concentrating on developing their employability skills, which has included drawing up their own curriculum vitae, using role-play to improve their customer service skills and looking at the various sources available to them for advice on training and employment. Mock interviews, conducted by an independent local business person, for a specific role at Camtrust were arranged for each student, for which they had to prepare intensively by thinking about the type of questions that might be asked and their possible answers, doing research into Camtrust itself and taking into consideration such diverse factors as appropriate dress, language and also body language. All the students found it quite a nerve-racking experience but they certainly all looked extremely smart.
- Fish and chips [December 2012]
Christmas saw us all partaking of fish and chips round the table here at Camtrust, a most enjoyable, if somewhat different way to celebrate the festive season.
- Concert in St Andrew’s Church, Histon [November 2012]
The concert by Rex Freeman and his friends raised £240. Thank you to all who took part and to those who supported this highly entertaining musical evening.
- Camtrust Colour Copier Project [September 2012]
In addition to our everyday expenses, our challenge now is to raise enough funds to be able to employ a member of staff to manage the Camtrust Colour Copier Project. This will involve helping the students to gain work-experience by training them to use the photocopier and supporting them in the development of customer service skills. We aim to increase Camtrust's Social Enterprise income substantially and in this way we are working towards being financially self-sustaining for the future.
- Student news [July 2012]
During the last couple of weeks of the academic year, the students took over the teaching and presented some excellent Powerpoint presentations to the class on a diverse range of topics of their choice. The end-of-term barbecue was followed by the awards ceremony where all the students were presented with their certificates. The new term has started with the return of some students along with our new recruits.
- Strawberry stalls [June 2012]
Many thanks to Julie, Len and Allan for their successful strawberry stalls at local events recently. They raised £650!
- Jubilee Concert [June 2012]
The Jubilee Concert given by the Orlando Singers on 9th June raised £200.
- Quiz Night [May 2012]
Camtrust Quiz Night on 11th May raised £192. Thank you to all those who supported this event.
- Help Camtrust to Grow a Tenner! [May 2012]
Localgiving.com has still got £300,000 to give away to charities on their website and all you have to do is give a tenner! — Visit www.localgiving.com/camtrust.
Until the remaining £300,000 is gone, they will match the first £10 of every donation made on Localgiving.com. So, if you give £10, they will grow it to £20. If you claim Gift Aid, it becomes £22.50! And to celebrate the launch of their new regular monthly donation feature, they will match the first three monthly donations (up to £30) when you sign up to give monthly.
Donations via www.localgiving.com/camtrust at any time are of course very welcome too, and we are happy to receive donations in other ways too if online giving doesn’t appeal to you.
- Open Afternoon [May 2012]
The Open Afternoon on Wednesday 30th May went well with a steady stream of visitors taking the opportunity to meet with the students, staff and trustees. If you missed this and would like to see for yourself what goes on at the Camtrust studio, just drop in sometime.
- Matched Giving Day [May 2012]
Camtrust has benefited from the localgiving Matched Giving Day on 14th May. Thank you to those who donated to Camtrust. Donating through localgiving is possible at any time www.localgiving.com/camtrust.
- Cash in the Community [March 2012]
We were delighted to hear in March 2012 that we had received £541.34 from the Cambridge Building Society’s Cash for the Community fund which was run during February in conjunction with the Cambridge News. Aidan and Julie represented Camtrust at the presentation on Monday 12 March. 25 local community groups benefited from the cash handout in proportion to the number of tokens donated for their cause. Camtrust’s tokens amounted to over 2,100 out of an amazing total of 39,000. A big thank you to everyone who collected the tokens for Camtrust.
- The rain came in... [February 2012]
Well not exactly rain, but a burst pipe. On the Saturday of the February half term 2012, it was found that a pipe in the upstairs flat had burst and flooded the Camtrust studio. The sight then was of total devastation, but to see it now, you wouldn’t know it had happened. The transformation was due to the hard work of Len, Steve and Kirsten over half term. A spring clean it has certainly had!
- Spring Term 2012 [January 2012]
We are continuing to deliver our City and Guilds’ courses to our 14 students who are working hard to achieve their qualifications and have returned for the Spring Term 2012 full of determination and energy. We are also continuing to provide work experience opportunities for a student from Impington Village College.
- Staffing [December 2011]
Towards the end of 2011 Amy, our resident LSA, left to have her first baby. Fortunately Kirsten, who has been a volunteer at Camtrust for some considerable time, was able to step straight into Amy’s shoes. Just like Amy, Kirsten is a pleasure to work with and has a wicked sense of humour which is just the ingredient needed to become a team member here at Camtrust.
- Ceilidh for Camtrust [June 2011]
In June 2011 a Ceilidh was held at Impington Village College, led by the Caledonian Ceilidh Makers, with raffle prizes donated by a number of local businesses. We enjoyed an entertaining and active evening. £194 was raised.
- Fashion Show [March 2011]
A fantastic 'Evening of Fashion' was held in the Histon Methodist Hall on Tuesday 3rd March 2011 in aid of Camtrust. The evening was, as advertised, a spectacular fashion show with high-street designer names such as Kaliko and DASH, Ann Harvey, Eastex and Alexon. The models were courtesy of a group of lovely ladies volunteering themselves to be 'fashion icons' for the evening. There was a point when we feared the hall was not big enough to cope with the volume of people attending. Everyone enjoyed the fashion display, together with the bonus of great raffle prizes. The whole evening was organized by Mrs Joyce Horkley with her band of friends and helpers. The evening raised £700, and Camtrust wishes to thank everyone for their support and the many businesses that donated such generous prizes for the raffle.
- Concert for Camtrust [October 2010]
In October 2010 a concert given by Rex Freeman and his friends from the Pied Pipers raised £365 for Camtrust. They performed an entertaining programme of vocal music, both familiar and less well-known pieces to an enthusiastic audience. Instrumental music by The Palm Tree-O (Andrew Taylor, Helen and Bruce Godfrey), contributed to this wonderful evening of light music which took place in St Andrew's Church, Chesterton.
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