PPDG STAFF HIT THE 150K GIVING MARK
LATEST DONATION HELPS DANCE STARS OF THE FUTURE & SEES PPDG STAFF HIT THE 150K GIVING MARK
Staff from Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) have donated 400 from their wages to help buy a new music system for a local dance school.
The donation to Redcar-based Unique School of Dance which provides a positive environment for young people to learn how to dance - is just one of many groups to be awarded cash from PPDGs payroll giving scheme.
The donation to the school, which is based on West Terrace and offers classes in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and acrobatics, means PPDG staff members have now donated more than 150,000 to more than 300 organisations nationally.
PPDG, which has established offices across Tees Valley, Yorkshire and Humberside, delivers various contracts to provide specialist Welfare-to-Work services on behalf of organisations including the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), National Offender Management Service and Jobcentre Plus.
The organisation which has helped more than 7500 people formerly-unemployed into work since it was established in Teesside in 2003 - is now rapidly expanding throughout the North.
Mark Harrison, PPDG operations manager, went to see a show as his daughter Olivia attends the dance school. He noticed the music system had poor sound quality and was told it had broken down at a previous show, so wanted to help: Its a great dance school and I really wanted to support it, he said.
Im proud to be a part of an organisation which encourages its staff to nominate charities for donations from its payroll scheme, I hope this money will make a difference to the dancers and help them enjoy what they do more.
Dancers at the school take part in examinations and competitions after school, and on a weekend - many former students have gone on to careers in dance working in the West End and on cruise ships.
Trained dancer and owner of Unique School of Dance, Trudie Croft, said: To receive a donation like this is a great bonus for us. The cheque means that we are able to buy a new music system which will make a big difference to the school and the dancers.
All the young people who come to us are included - we not only teach them how to dance but we also help build their self-esteem and confidence.
The staff and young people regularly take part in fund raising activities, not only for the school but also for different charities. The passionate dance students are always more than willing to provide entertainment for local or charity events - they love any opportunity to perform.