Solihull-based charity the Family Care Trust has received grants from the Postcode Community Trust and Sport England, which will go towards sports activities and equipment for project workers at Newlands Bishop Farm.
The Postcode Community Trust, which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, has awarded £17,300 to the Family Care Trust. On top of this, Sport England, which provides funds from the National Lottery, has awarded the charity £5,600, bringing the total contributions that will go towards sports activities to £22,900.
As part of its support for adults with learning disabilities, the Family Care Trust provides work-based learning through its community gardening services across Solihull and at Newlands Bishop Farm in Catherine-de-Barnes. The farm is a fun, positive, work-based learning centre, which offers unique work experiences in horticulture, woodwork, gardening, horse and animal care, catering and retail.
Now, the grants from the Postcode Community Trust and Sport England will go towards sports activities and equipment for the project workers, including a community sports day which will be held at Hampton in Arden Sports Club in partnership with Matchpoint Sportz and their coaching staff later this summer.
Daniel Adams, manager of the Family Care Trust, said:
“Looking after the health and wellbeing of our project workers is really important to the charity. There are lots of studies showing the benefits of working outdoors in nature, and we’re fortunate to be able to provide brilliant working and training opportunities at our farm. We support these services with additional activities and events, which give our project worker the opportunity to try new experiences, socialise with each other and have fun.
“Sport has always been an important part of these additional activities, and we’re extremely grateful for support from the Postcode Community Trust and Sport England. Using the grants, we’ll be able to improve our sports offering to the service users, which will help improve their overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”
Ailbhe Kirwan, community programmes officer at People’s Postcode Lottery, added:
“This is a fantastic project that will empower adults in the Solihull area living with learning difficulties and additional support needs to grow in confidence by providing them with an inclusive setting where they can gain a whole host of new skills, and socialise at the same time. I’m delighted that this is being made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and funding from Postcode Community Trust.”