Special guests open Rural Skills classroom

Published: December 22, 2016

After months of hard work, a new purpose built classroom at our Rural Skills Service was officially opened by special guests Tony Male and Alan Knight from the Pompey Legends.

FitzRoy’s Rural Skills Project supports people with learning disabilities to develop confidence, skills and a sense of wellbeing by working in a rural setting. Everyone who visits is encouraged to learn, develop confidence, build friendships and gain practical skills in horticulture, woodworking and crafting.

The £30,000 project couldn’t have gone ahead without fundraisers and donors, including £5,000 which was raised through two action-packed charity football matches against ex Portsmouth Football Club players, the Pompey Legends.

The classroom is a welcome addition to the outdoor site in the heart of East Meon’s Sustainability Centre, which is open all year round, come rain or shine. Senior Support Worker, Louise MacMillan said,

This classroom will not only help us to keep warm and dry during the winter months, but it will also allow us to carry out exciting new activities and sessions. It’s going to make a real difference to the people we support here.

It was a magical opening ceremony in the woods and a celebration of all the people that helped make the classroom possible, with Tony Male and Alan Knight doing the honours of cutting the ribbon.

The future is bright for Rural Skills and the people that benefit from this wonderful service.

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