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Some of our young people share their life-changing journeys

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Sam

When Sam joined Commercial Foundation he was homeless and had hit rock bottom. Today he has a permanent job as a print operative for We Do. Print. He also mentors young people on the No Limits programme.

Aaron

Aaron suffered a crisis of confidence after a serious knee injury left him unable to walk for a time. On the No Limits programme, he found he had a talent for refurbishing used IT equipment to re-enter the supply chain.

Alex

As a young carer, Alex’s childhood was cut short and he lacked emotional support. The No Limits programme enhanced his self-belief, and he secured a job with Commercial Group’s Interiors division.

Liam

After completing the No Limits programme, Liam secured an exciting role in his chosen career of mechanical and electrical engineering. He’s working as an assistant rigger for Projex at special events and festivals.

George

George was living in social housing and struggling with low self-esteem. We helped him develop a new perspective and gave him practical support finding somewhere to live and securing a grant to start his own business.

Greg

Greg was not doing very much with his life, relationships were difficult as he suffered from a lack of confidence and communication skills. Since attending the programme, Greg has transformed his outlook on life and is now a strong team member at Commercial Group.

The Growth Hub - Rod Horrocks

Commercial Foundations and the work they do with Gloucestershire's disadvantaged youth has been praised by The Growth Hub. According to Rod Horrocks, for every £1.00 invested - over £4.00 is returned in social value.

The Foundation 2017

In 2015, Commercial Foundation was set up as a social enterprise building on the success of its CSR programme. The goal is to change the lives of disadvantaged people, empowering them with opportunities to become ‘work ready’ and make a fresh start.

We Do Print - a Social Value Business

Richard Dickens of the Social Value Business has praised We Do Print for giving disadvantaged young people a new start in life. After measuring We Do Print's real impact on the community, Richards says for every £1.00 print spend that goes through We Do print - just under £5.00 is returned through its impact on social value.

Knocked Down, but not out

Young People from We Do Print show their resilience and determination and the ability to get knocked down in life but not to stay down. What does it take to have resilience? To get back up, even after knock backs….this video shows just how these amazing young people are fighting for a better future.

Commercial Helps Plant UK's New Woodland

It was a blustery and rainy day when volunteers from Commercial Group partnered with Premier Paper and the Woodland Trust to help plant some 3,000 trees at Heartwood Forest, a rural site in Hertfordshire. Part of the 2015 Carbon Capture programme, customers who buy Commercial’s own branded paper will be happy to know a percentage goes to planting a sapling, thereby reducing to zero the paper’s carbon footprint.

Young People triumph on Dragon's Den

Young People on the Commercial Foundation course were challenged to pitch and compete for a commercially viable product launch for Antalis, Europe's leading distributor of paper, packaging solutions and visual communication products for professionals.The Commercial Young People team were challenged to fine-tune their presenting skills and geared up to face a panel of 6 critical professionals to make a convincing case that their product should be the winner.

Meet George Taylor

George Taylor was one of the first young people to attend the #No Limits programme at the Foundation. Suffering from mental stress, homelessness and feelings of a bleak future, he has dramatically turned his life around since attending the programme. George comes from a creative background and is now head designer at We Do Print creating artwork for clients through via his own company Metrograde.

You can do it!

Do these stories sound familiar?

If you're aged 16-24 and have been through tough times, the No Limits programme might be right for you. Get in touch with Katie to find out more.