- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use our Colour Photocopying service for your printing needs: top quality printing is available at very competitive rates. You will be amazed what we can print: booklet creation through to business cards, 1 to 2 sided copying, reduction or enlarging (max size A3), comb-binding documents.
Next time you want some printing doing, please contact us for a quote. We are committed to being professional and competitive and you will have the benefit of knowing that by using Camtrust you have supported a good cause.
- Camtrust Colour Copier Project - 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 - 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.
- Many thanks to Julie, Len and Allan for their successful strawberry stalls at local events recently. They raised £650!
- The Jubilee Concert given by the Orlando Singers on 9th June raised £200.
- Camtrust Quiz Night on 11th May raised £192. Thank you to all those who supported this event.
- Support Camtrust by coming to another Concert for Camtrust — An evening of light musical entertainment performed by Rex Freeman and his friends. Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church, Histon CB24 9EP.
Rex is the founder of Cambridge's Pied Pipers. They are wonderful singers and entertainers, so this evening with songs from the shows and ballads, promises to be a great evening to which you would be most welcome. Refreshments will be served and a retiring collection will be made for Camtrust.
- Help Camtrust to Grow a Tenner!
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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.... 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!
- 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. 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. 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. A fantastic 'Evening of Fashion' was held in the Histon Methodist Hall on Tuesday March 3 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. 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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