We of­fer a para­chute so learn­ers can drop in...

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Cath MacKel­lar. Which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with?: Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out, a char­ity which works with and for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and ad­di­tional needs. What does the or­gan­i­sa­tion do?: It runs a ‘dropin’ called Para­chute on Old Park Lane which is a lively, wel­com­ing and friendly place and where the bar­ri­ers of learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties are left at the door. All of our ‘drop­per in­ners’ and car­ers are val­ued and we pro­vide a place where friends are made and a range of ac­tiv­i­ties are on of­fer such as arts, crafts and com­put­ers. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer?: I met Karen, who started the char­ity, last year fundrais­ing on a very cold win­ter’s day in Mac­cles­field along with some of the ‘drop­per in­ners’. I was im­pressed with their friend­li­ness, open at­ti­tude and what they were try­ing very hard to achieve. I had some spare hours and thought I would like to sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Which projects have you been in­volved with re­cently?: I have been in­volved with the fundrais­ing ball held last Novem­ber but we are look­ing for­ward to ‘Fundrais­ing Fe­bru­ary’ with the ‘drop­per in­ners’ keen to help raise money for the drop-in. We will be run­ning a Valen­tine’s ham­per raf­fle in the Grosvenor Cen­tre on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, and Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 11 – come and say hello! We are also hold­ing an open day on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, at the Drop-In, a stall on the Trea­cle Mar­ket and a cou­ple of street col­lec­tions to­wards the end of Fe­bru­ary. What do you en­joy most about do­ing this?: Be­ing part of a friendly, happy team where ‘drop­per in­ners’, staff and vol­un­teers are wel­comed, ap­pre­ci­ated and val­ued. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: Tegg’s Nose. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: Out walk­ing the won­der­ful coun­try­side sur­round­ing Mac­cles­field. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: Cy­cling in France. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: See Para­chute have a per­ma­nent fu­ture. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Be true to your­self. What was your first job?: Kitchen as­sis­tant. What is on your CD/ MP3?: Wide mix of old and new. What is your favourite TV show?: The Bridge. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: Vil­lage Se­crets by Caro­line Moore­head. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: The be­lief that a small con­tri­bu­tion can help to make a big dif­fer­ence. If you would like more in­for­ma­tion about Para­chute: Call 01625 424717 or email info@ macc­suso.org.uk.

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