Visi­tors get cre­ative at trust’s new day cen­tre

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A FAB­U­LOUS arts and media cen­tre has been of­fi­cially opened at the Rossendale Trust.

The Oak­wood Arts and Media Cen­tre has been set up as a be­spoke day ser­vice for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties liv­ing both at Rossendale Trust and in the wider com­mu­nity.

It of­fers a range of recre­ational, so­cial and in­for­mal learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for its par­tic­i­pants, with cour­ses in pho­tog­ra­phy, com­puter skills, hor­ti­cul­ture and wood­work.

It was due to be opened ear­lier this year but cel­e­bra­tions had to be called off due to snow.

But this time visi­tors were able to bask in glo­ri­ous sun­shine and en­joy all the fa­cil­i­ties the new cen­tre has to of­fer.

In a speech on the day, chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Ni­chols said: “It seems a long time since we started look­ing at ways to im­prove the daily work­ing con­di­tions for our Oak­wood day ser­vice.

“We al­ways knew the lim­i­ta­tions of try­ing to run and meet the grow­ing de­mand for this great ser­vice from be­low stairs, ac­tu­ally in the cel­lars of the hall.

“Now, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of par­ents, rel­a­tives, sup­port­ers, char­i­ta­ble trusts and trust of­fi­cers, we have this fan­tas­tic build­ing.”

He added: “The num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing Oak­wood since the open­ing of the cen­tre has al­ready grown sig­nif­i­cantly.

“We al­ways knew that the need was there, but now at last we can of­fer the space, time and fa­cil­i­ties to ex­pand the Oak­wood ser­vice. It re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence, as you can see in the work which has been pro­duced by Oak­wood.

“With­out men­tion­ing in­di­vid­ual names, on be­half of the trustees and man­age­ment team may I give our heart­felt thanks for all the gen­er­ous do­na­tions we have re­ceived.

“The qual­ity of the build­ing would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of our builders Rowl­in­sons.

“Spe­cial thanks to Steve Weir, Alvin and Der­mot and his team, in­clud­ing of course our own works fore­man, Nick Hart, who pro­vided daily over­sight.”

The cen­tre was opened by Gill Cuth­bert, who cut the rib­bon.

Visi­tors also en­joyed a se­lec­tion of cakes, tea and cof­fee while they ex­plored the im­proved fa­cil­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to visit call Jason Blythe on 01260 251501 or email jason.blythe@ rossendaletrust.org.

●● An­drea Ben­nett, a ten­ant at the Rossendale Trust, was one of the guests at the open­ing of the new Media Cen­tre

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