Award-winning charity, The Cascade Foundation, is set to celebrate its fourth anniversary of relocating to Doncaster from its original roots in Benfleet, Essex.
Back in July, The Cascade Foundation officially opened the doors of its new premises – The Cascade Health & Learning Hub – on Marshgate in Doncaster town centre. The charity’s founder, Jackie Hewitt-Main, and her team of mentors and volunteers have since been working hard to further transform the Hub and welcome its very first clients.
Explains Jackie: “I can’t quite believe that, on 16th September, it will be four years since we made the move up to Doncaster. It took over two years to find suitable premises for the charity and raise enough funds to facilitate our vision for Doncaster.
“Over 53% of prisoners and unemployed people have dyslexia, dyspraxia or learning difficulties and it’s those people we’re here to support and help them gain valuable qualifications and return to employment.”
Continues Jackie: “So, to mark our fourth year here in the town, we’re having a birthday celebration at the Hub on Thursday 21st September from 3pm to 7pm.
“Our Cascade Café will be open for business, there will be the chance to meet with some of the ex-prisoners we’re currently working with to hear, first hand, their stories and we will launch our ‘Cascade Ambassadors’ project.
“Led by one of the first dyslexic former prisoners I worked with at HMP Doncaster, Dale Easter, our ‘Cascade Ambassadors’ project focuses on recruiting local people to sign up as ambassadors or volunteers for the charity. If everyone who ever comes through our doors tells just one person about how The Cascade Foundation is transforming lives then, one day, we will achieve our goal of becoming a national charity with a presence in every prison and community in the UK.”
Concludes Jackie: “Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us and find out more about the essential work we’re doing in Doncaster with various private and public sector partners including Efficiency North, Jobcentre Plus, Doncaster Council and HMP Doncaster.”
For further information about The Cascade Foundation, please visit: http://www.thecascadefoundation.org/