Curo resident Nathan Gale is certainly making a difference in his local neighbourhood of Twerton. With the help of a Curo Communities Grant he has started up a local group where mums and dads with babies and young children can come and relax knowing their children are in safe hands.
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic group not only provides this but is also a valuable resource for parents with Nathan arranging for speakers to come and offer friendly advice on issues such as health care.
Today Nathan (pictured below) spends most of his spare time giving something back to the community – he was even crowned Bath & North East Somerset Volunteer of the Year last year.
A turning point for Nathan was the day his daughter returned from school with a leaflet inviting residents to a free breakfast at her school. The event was part of an initiative supported by Curo and run by St Michael’s Church and volunteer Sarah Batchelor. Nathan went along with his daughter and from there he started to reassess his life.
“It’s only through the church and committing myself to projects like this - getting out there and seeing what needs to be done - that I’ve really opened my eyes to all the good things going on in Twerton,” says Nathan.
“I was really pleased to be awarded the grant from Curo, it was a personal achievement for me to apply and be successful with my application. I found Curo easy to approach and really supportive throughout the process – this has given me confidence to apply for further funding.”
As well as the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Nathan has been instrumental in several other Curo-backed initiatives: helping give his neighbourhoods some TLC at the recent Love Twerton and Love Whiteway events, cooking and helping out at his local youth café and volunteering at a breakfast club.
“I think my experience shows you don’t have to be a big organisation to make a big difference where you live. We’ve all got something to offer to our community – give it a go!”