We are proud to be a partnership with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, a community development charity.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) was founded in 2007 to realise an ambitious vision long held by local residents.
The vision was of a motorway services area on the outskirts of Gloucester that would make a positive impact on the lives of people living close to the M5.
Mark Gale, GGT’s founder and chief executive, has spent many years working in our local communities. He knew how meaningful it would be for the residents of neighbourhoods including Matson, White City, Podsmead, Tuffley and Stonehouse if the motorway carrying tens of millions of vehicles past their homes every year could be utilised to give something back.
When a land opportunity arose, GGT found a natural partner in the Westmorland Family, our parent company.
As the owners of Tebay Services on the M6 in Cumbria, they had been demonstrating since 1972 how a family-owned motorway services business could bring prosperity to an area by creating jobs and championing local produce.
Our partnership with GGT enabled us to put down roots in a new place outside Cumbria for the first time. We embraced the opportunity GGT gave us to work with them to provide local employment, make connections with local food producers, nurture new local small businesses and support local communities.
Up to 3p in every £1 spent in our Farmshop & Kitchen is invested in our community through our partner Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.
Our partnership generates an investment of half a million pounds every year into sustainable, long-term community development.
Through our innovative royalty programme, GGT receives up to 3p in every £1 of non-fuel sales at Gloucester Services to invest in its community partners, which include neighbourhood groups, grass-roots organisations and local charities.
At the core of our shared approach to community development is the provision of training and employment opportunities. We work with GGT on its on its Bridging the Gap training courses, which help job seekers boost their confidence and employability through skills training, on-site work experience and a guaranteed job interview at Gloucester Services upon completion.
With the encouragement of GGT’s dedicated community support manager, Clare Skivington, who is based at Gloucester Services, many of our colleagues and Farmshop producers have made connections with GGT’s community partners. We are extremely proud to have so many colleagues and suppliers who volunteer time and donate produce to help local people.
Every time you spend in our Farmshop & Kitchen or Filling Station you support projects that build on people’s individual skills and passions, helping to unlock opportunities and build cohesive communities.
ALL PULLING TOGETHER
All Pulling Together was set up by the residents of the Park Estate in Stonehouse. It works to improve the quality of life on the estate and across Stonehouse, providing a wide variety of activities, classes and drop-in sessions including wellbeing, debt, housing and employment advice.
Fair Shares Community Time Banks brings people together through the giving of time, skills and acts of kindness, connecting them to share their experience and knowledge, building friendships and changing lives.
GL Communities supports positive change in large social housing estates in Gloucestershire. It nurtures and develops local skills and talents to help residents build thriving, aspiring communities.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust protects local wildlife for the future, managing nature reserves around the county, organising events to help people get closer to local wildlife and running projects that support communities to enjoy being outside.
Play Gloucestershire takes outdoor play to the children who need it most, harnessing the power of play to foster wellbeing, enable creativity, build confidence and develop social skills in family, school and community settings.
The Nelson Trust offers holistic, individualised support through its Gloucester Women’s Centre to help people overcome addiction and trauma and make positive and lasting changes to their lives.
Together in Matson at The Redwell Centre brings together people of all ages and abilities, supporting them to overcome barriers and promoting happiness, self-development and a positive sense of community.
The Venture is a community adventure playground in White City that provides supervised open-access play sessions for young people and their families. It also offers free activities after school and during school holidays.