Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Greggs Open Up Kitchen to Help Young; Space Is Based at Cheryl's Trust Centre

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Greggs Open Up Kitchen to Help Young; Space Is Based at Cheryl's Trust Centre

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Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter

A STATE-OF-THE-ART kitchen space has been opened at popstar Cheryl's Newcastle Prince's Trust centre by bakery giant Greggs.

Greggs, which opened its first shop in Newcastle in 1951 and made a major donation towards the Prince's Trust Cheryl's Trust Centre, is aiming to give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to turn their lives around through retail.

The kitchen space will be the main setting for delivery of the charity's Get into Retail programme, an employability support course that offers unemployed young people the opportunity to gain work experience, training and focuses on job skills to help them move into work.

As part of the programme, Greggs staff are volunteering to help develop new skills and provide a fresh start in life to more young people like Ann Kelley, 27, from Darlington.

At the age of 25, Ann had never had a job interview, and the thought of gaining employment seemed like a pipe dream. Her self-esteem was at rock bottom after years of just sitting at home in isolation having been badly treated by most people in her life.

Ann's parents separated when she was very young, leaving her to live with her troubled mum who took a lot of her frustrations out on Ann.

When she was 11, Ann was involved in a freak accident when her leg was crushed in a car park barrier.

Although surgeons were able to save it, the damage meant she would go on to spend most of her teenage years in and out of hospital, causing her struggle at school and with making friends.

Coupled with her difficult home life, this led to Ann doing badly in her GCSEs and soon after she dropped out of college.

When Ann found a boyfriend and got married, things appeared to be pointing to a much brighter future. She left her mum's and moved to Newcastle for a fresh start.

But what seemed so full of hope quickly turned out to be a false dawn, as her relationship became abusive.

Things grew worse and worse and Ann's family had to intervene, helping her escape to a women's refuge.

It was her local Jobcentre adviser who told Ann about the Get into Retail programme with Greggs. …

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