The Consortium helps children and schools overseas

Monday 20th October 2014

Trowbridge-based company The Consortium has donated over 2,500 exercise books to support schools in The Gambia, West Africa, through a local children’s charity.

The Lacock-based Wiltshire Scrapstore and Resource Centre is an environmental, community and children’s charity, which collects unwanted materials from businesses such as The Consortium.

Having been involved with the Wiltshire Scrapstore for a number of years, The Consortium – which forms part of Connect Group PLC’s ‘Education & Care’ division – was delighted to be able to supply much needed resources for ‘Project Gambia’, a charity set up by children’s author Neil Griffiths, who is also a patron of the Scrapstore charity.

Unlike the UK, schools in West Africa receive no government funding for educational resources such as stationery. Neil and his colleagues visit African schools annually to supply resources and offer teaching support, and he was thrilled by the donation: “Exercise books might seem like an everyday item, but to us they are like gold dust – I can’t thank The Consortium enough!”

The donation is a great privilege for staff at The Consortium, whose company values ‘A Better Way’, ‘Fresh Thinking’ and ‘Partnership’ support the important work the Wiltshire Scrapstore and its volunteers continue to do.

Vernon Beadsworth, Category Manager at The Consortium, has been working alongside the project and commented:

“As a product manager for stationery and exercise books, my aim is to provide products to help children achieve their maximum potential. When the opportunity arose to help support children from The Gambia, we were pleased to be in a position to make a contribution. Project Gambia is a worthy charity and we wish them continued success.”

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