SUT­TON AND LANGLEY, IN­CLUD­ING LYME GREEN, SUT­TON LANE ENDS AND GURNETT Com­pe­ti­tion could boost char­ity’s in­valu­able work experience scheme

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A WORK scheme run by the Rossendale Trust is in the run­ning to win a grant worth £4,000 and read­ers are en­cour­aged to go on­line and vote.

IT con­sul­tancy com­pany Ver­sion 1 has set up a com­pe­ti­tion to give 5,000 from its Com­mu­nity Trust Scheme to the most de­serv­ing char­ity.

Em­ployee Laura Hayes, whose bother Ben is a res­i­dent at the Rossendale Trust, which sup­ports adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, is urg­ing read­ers to sup­port her cam­paign to win the money for the Sut­ton char­ity.

Laura, who lives in Mac­cles­field and works at the Knutsford of­fice of Ver­sion 1, said the grant will be used to­wards the trust’s ‘WorkTaste’ scheme, with gives res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in the world of work.

She said: “The trust is close to my heart as my brother Ben, who has Down’s syn­drome, lives in one of the purpose built ac­com­mo­da­tions and has been there for the past three years. Not only is it a place that he lives but a place that he calls home, and ev­ery­body there is very much like fam­ily.”

She added: “One main area of life that usu­ally ex­cludes peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties is the world of work. ‘WorkTaste’ gives them op­por­tu­nity to experience the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Some of the com­pa­nies in­volved are Sains­bury’s, the Co-op, B&Q and Mac­cles­field Mo­tor Fac­tors.

“Ben did his at B&Q and he’s not much of a talker, but the smile on his face as he goes to work says it all.”

Laura has made a video high­light­ing the im­por­tance of the WorkTaste scheme which has been en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion, and the sub­mis­sion with the most votes will win the money.

She said: “We are look­ing to get as many votes as pos­si­ble for The Rossendale Trust and so it would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated if you would please be able to sup­port this cause.

“Re­ceiv­ing this grant would im­pact the lives of the res­i­dents of The Rossendale Trust greatly.”

Karl Down­ing, from the trust, said the money will be used to fund WorkTaste coaches and co-or­di­na­tors, who sup­port the res­i­dents dur­ing their place­ments.

He said: “WorkTaste is a scheme where you do work experience. Some­one needs to be with them and we don’t want to put pres­sure on the com­pa­nies who are pro­vid­ing the experience, so coaches are the way of mak­ing it hap­pen­ing.

“We’ve been run­ning it for about 10 years and it is very pop­u­lar. I once asked one res­i­dent how it went and she said ‘it makes me feel like a real per­son’, which is why it’s such an im­por­tant scheme.

“We would urge ev­ery­one to vote – you can make a real dif­fer­ence to the res­i­dents at Rossendale Trust and give them a chance that we all de­serve.”

To vote go to http://­vwy/ vote/for/16278100 or visit the Mac­cles­field Ex­press web­site. ●● VOT­ING closes at mid­night on Thurs­day, June 30.

●● The Rossendale Trust hopes to use the money for the ben­e­fit of its WorkTaste scheme, inset, Ben

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