SUTTON AND LANGLEY, INCLUDING LYME GREEN, SUTTON LANE ENDS AND GURNETT Competition could boost charity’s invaluable work experience scheme
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:// woobox.com/r3bvwy/ 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