Now everyone can walk this way!

Posted by tb on 9 December 2016

The new footpaths around the Day Centre have been completed as part of the Accessibility Project thanks to grants awarded to the Trust including £21,500 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust (GET).  We are very grateful to GET and the other funders for the support they have shown their exciting project.

Our grant co-ordinator Caroline Jones said "Without the generous support we have had from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund we would not have been able to complete this very important project.  the project makes our beautiful, rural site accessible to all the adults who live with us as well as the disabled adults and children who visit the site."

"This is very important to us as a charity caring for people with special needs as it means we can include everyone in activities we do at the site, now and in the future."

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The completion of the project opens the way for more developments on site.  We are planning to make the Stowfield site a place to go for a day out in Gloucestershire for people with a disability.

Facilities already on site including the new paths, a smallholding, a sensory room, a hydrotherapy pool and floor trampoline; there is also a kitchen, toilets, a changing facility with full hoist access and a car park.  Developments being planned include an outdoor classroom, an activity park with swings, roundabout, trampoline and slide, picnic benches and camping facilities, all fully accessible of course!

The project was completed by Kettle Civils, a Forest of Dean company who also donated the base for an outdoor classroom that we hope to build.

To visit us and see what we can offer please get in touch with the site manager Phill Hucks at phill.hucks@orchard-trust.org.uk.  To find out about helping with future projects please contact Caroline by emailing fundraising@orchard-trust.org.uk

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