Shoreham Port has contributed a significant donation of £20,000 to Shoreham Academy’s Gateway Centre this month as part of their Community and Stakeholder Request (CSR) funding. As a Trust Port, the Port strives to support their stakeholders and give back to the local community that it serves, often providing time, resources, and in some cases, financial help, to organisations that align with their CSR criteria.
The Gateway Centre is a school provision that aims to support the most vulnerable young people aged 10-16 within the local areas of Shoreham, Southwick and Fishersgate. Set up by Shoreham Academy five years ago, the facility helps students who, for a variety of reasons, find mainstream school a challenge, and has transformed the lives of young people who would otherwise not end up in education or training.
The provision provides a supportive environment for students experiencing deprivation or mental health issues, enabling access to closer staff teaching, support and guidance. Students are therefore able to gain the key qualifications, high levels of attendance and most importantly, confidence, to secure further study.
Jim Coupe, Principle at Shoreham Academy commented “We are incredibly thankful to Shoreham Port for their generous donation of £20,000 that will enable us to continue supporting the most vulnerable young people within our local community. The only way The Gateway Centre can currently remain open is to access funds additional to those available through the usual sources, meaning that the Port have financially underpinned the future of the Gateway for the next 12 months.”
Tim Hague, Director of Property and Development commented “The Gateway is a crucial facility in the residential areas that are right on our doorstep here at Shoreham Port. As a Trust Port, we are committed to supporting our stakeholders, and the students attending the school are our ultimate stakeholders.”
Emily Kenneally, Communications Manager and Chair of the Port’s CSR committee commented “We are delighted to be able to increase our support to The Gateway Centre this year. Our CSR group had the pleasure of visiting this remarkable provision earlier this spring and we were blown away by the impact of the facility upon its students. We also hope that by making a contribution we will encourage other businesses to support local causes and to invest in the future of their nearby communities.”
If you would like to learn more about Shoreham Port’s Community Support Requests and their donation to The Gateway Centre, you can listen to the latest episode of their quarterly PORTlife Podcast here.
To learn more about the way Shoreham Port supports its stakeholders and the community, you can attend the Port’s annual Public Meeting on Tuesday 21st May at 6pm. Further details of the event can be found on the Shoreham Port website.