Local philanthropic entrepreneurs Moira and William Lockitt give over £200,000 back to the local community in the past three years.
Humble Beginnings, G2G Communities CIC was Founded in March, 2010
Moira and Bill Lockitt decided to use their skills and experience in compulsory and further education as they wanted to support their local community. In March 2010, they set up a not for profit training organisation called G2G Communities CIC and started to deliver training from a single unit in the old Stamp factory in Marsh Road in 2011. Within three months they had to rent another unit due to the number of people accessing their provision. G2G receives no government or other state funding. Funding for all delivery is by competitive tendering and subject to exacting targets and quality provision.
Moira & Bill Lockitt started in a single room at Rhyl’s Old Stamp Factory on Marsh Road and things quickly went from Good 2 Great
UK’s First Community LEGO Education Innovation Centre
After undertaking research for the Open University regarding LEGO Education in 2012 Dr Lockitt contacted LEGO to see if we could become a LEGO Education Innovation Studio. The concept was accepted and G2G became the first community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.
We’re proud that our LEGO Innovation is helping lay the building blocks for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics
Relocate to Bee & Station Business Centre in July 2013
Due to expansion G2G moved into two units in the Bee and Station Business Centre in the heart of Rhyl. It was then necessary to take on two additional units on the first floor to accommodate the LEGO STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities and ten WCVA Gateway and three Department for Works and Pensions projects. During 2016/17 a further two units have been taken on and G2G now occupy the entire 6 units in the building, one of the new units will be a Sustainable 3D Printing Centre and an experimental plastic recycling centre, due to be launched in September 2017.
The Bee and Station Hotel was built in the 1860s, listed in 1991 as an excellent example of a late 19th century pub, it closed in 2005 re-opening in 2013 after being refurbished by Denbighshire County Council
Since moving to the Bee & Station Business Centre G2G Communities Supported
- Over 38,200 adults & children across North Wales with our courses, services and LEGO Education
- Over 20,000 learners supported at our learning centre in Rhyl to provide employability skills & qualifications
- Helped over 1,200 individuals get back into employment
- Help set-up and support over 80 businesses and virtual businesses
- Re-invested over £200,000 back into communities through free courses, workshops, events, training, volunteering and community based projects throughout North Wales
- Developing a range of free e-learning resources delivered on our e-learning platform – http://learn.g2gcommunities.org
Out of this World! with UK Space Agency
Until March, 2018 G2G are visiting Schools in and around North Wales to deliver enrichment activities as part of the Welsh Governments/National Science Academy ‘All SySTEMs Go’ Project. Using our LEGO Education and other resources we will be providing Key stage 2 and 3 students and teachers the opportunities to build robots, learn programming and explore the careers available in the Space Sector.
G2G Communities CIC is also supporting the bid made by Aerospace Wales chief executive John Whalley for a space port at Llanbedr airfield in Gwynedd. The project will attract significant investment and secure a wide range of employment opportunities throughout North Wales.
The All SySTEMs Go Logo was Created By Pown Hughes (aged 10) from Ysgol Llywelyn.
Supporting Local Businesses & the Community
Providing courses, training, mobile services & equipment, offering a large range of bespoke courses, services, programmes and qualifications through our extensive partnerships. We also provide mobile services across North Wales delivering equipment, resources and staff at times and locations to suit organisational needs.
G2G with the support of the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund, started a new programme of activities in September 2016 which will run for 12 months. During the programme G2G will support individuals furthest away from employment across Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy. Ten virtual business start-ups have been supported and their business websites launched and a number of individuals and groups have benefited from the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund.
Building on our Success – What’s Coming Soon!
One of the key attributes of G2G Communities CIC is that it never stops pushing the boundaries and is always looking for ideas, people and organisations that will benefit the local community. We hope to build on the success of the past four-years and provide even more support and funding for communities throughout North Wales.
Working with our network of dedicated partners, each bringing their special expertise and contribution. These businesses, associations, foundations, government agencies, and universities have been instrumental in the development and operation of G2G Communities CIC in helping the community.
Sustainable 3D Printing & Plastic Recycling Centre
G2G Communities CIC is working towards creating a Sustainable 3D Printing & Plastic Recycling Centre based at the Bee and Station and a Mobile 3D Printing Studio we can transport around North Wales.
Mark Lockitt who is managing the project said ‘Our goal is to provide educational sustainable 3D printing workshops throughout North Wales, and to provide a 3D printing centre for the benefit of the community and businesses. Our workshops are ideal for all ages and abilities, learn to design and print your very own 3D model. We aim to have the 3D printing suite set up and working very soon and the plastic recycling centre set-up will follow soon after, where we can recycle plastic to produce our own filament’.
We hope to build a range of recognised qualifications and awards around the 3D printing, design and plastic recycling and these will be launched shortly after the opening of the centre.
8,300 million tonnes of virgin plastics have been produced. Half of this material was made in just the past 13 years. About 30% of the historic production remains in use today. Of the discarded plastic, roughly 9% has been recycled. Some 12% has been incinerated, but 79% has gone to landfill. Current trends point to 12 billion tonnes of waste by 2050. Recycling rates in 2014: Europe (30%), China (25%), US (9%) Source – http://advances.sciencemag.org
Crest Award Centre
G2G Communities CIC is now a CREST Award Centre and will be rolling out a complete suite of awards in October 2017, including: Discovery, Bronze, Silver and Gold. All of the awards will be offered to Home Educators and Schools and other organisations supporting 5 to 19 year olds.
In the 30 years that CREST Awards have been running, they have learnt a lot about the benefits they offer – to teachers, technicians, STEM Ambassadors, parents and home educators, as well as to students.
- Improved GCSE grades and increased interest in continuing in STEM education and careers
- A sense of achievement for students of all ages and abilities
- Real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist and working on STEM projects
- Students can use CREST to enhance their UCAS personal statements – our scheme is well-regarded by universities
- Extra value from other activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, STEM Clubs, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the Children’s University Passport to Learning
Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme
In 2016 the Prince’s Trust launched a new programme designed to support young people who are at risk of underachieving at school or college to engage with and succeed in education.
The Achieve programme is a flexible provision for 11-19 year olds who are experiencing challenges with attendance, attainment or motivation and may be at risk of exclusion or not attaining the grades they are capable of.
The need for alternative curriculum offerings like Achieve remains clear, with a third of school-leavers still not achieving five A*-C grade GCSEs and more than half of young people in Scotland not achieving 5 National Fives. The situation is even worse for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are far more likely to fail to achieve at these levels than their peers.
The new Achieve programme is designed to help disadvantaged young people who are struggling to develop important character skills through relevant, engaging and informal learning. It will connect young people with the world of work and equip them with the transferrable skills and knowledge they need to succeed, focusing particularly on literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) and science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM).
G2G Communities CIC will be launching the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme in September 2017.
Our Corporate Values
As a not for profit Community Interest Company G2G Communities CIC’s vision serves as the framework for our roadmap and guides every aspect of our business by describing what we need to accomplish in order to continue achieving sustainable, quality growth.
- People: Be a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be
- Portfolio: Bring a portfolio of quality support, training and innovation that anticipate and satisfy people’s desires and needs
- Partners: Nurture a winning network of partners, staff, volunteers, learners, customers and suppliers, together we can go from Good to Great (G2G)
- Planet: Be a responsible organisation that makes a difference by helping build and support sustainable communities
- Profit: As a not for profit community interest company G2G Communities CIC will maximize the long-term impact within the community any surplus profit has
- Productivity: Be a highly effective, lean and fast-moving organisation that responds to the needs and aspirations of the local community and individuals
Our Winning Culture
Our Winning Culture defines the attitudes and behaviours that will be required of us to make our Vision a reality and our values serve as a compass for our actions and describe how we behave in the world.
- Honesty: Be honest and true to ourselves and others
- Commitment: Be committed to the organisation and its values
- Trustworthiness: Be true to yourself and others
- Adaptability: Be flexible in the face of change and encourage this in others
- Loyalty: Be loyal to yourself and others
- Leadership: Have the courage and commitment to shape a better future
- Collaboration: Develop a ‘Win / Win’ mindset
- Integrity: Be real
- Accountability: If it is to be, it’s up to me
- Passion: Committed in heart and mind
- Contribution: Make a valued contribution to the organisation and local community
- Quality: What we do, we do well
Join us at the Big Bang Event on 26th & 27th October
G2G Communities CIC will, for the fourth year running, be attending the Big Bang Education event in Deeside as part of the Welsh Rally GB. Make a note in your diary and come along to see some of the hands-on activities G2G Communities CIC will be delivering at their stand.