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Victoria is a resident within Aldingbourne's Supported Living Service and she has recently been recognised as a "Covid Learning Disability & Autism Leader" by Dimensions-UK.
Victoria works as a Project Assistant with Gig Buddies Brighton (Stay Up late) and was instrumental in keeping peoples spirits up during lockdown. Victoria organised online coffee mornings, 1-1 catch ups, online socials such as dance parties, pub quizzes, art groups and appeared on her own online show - "Victorias One Show." At the recent awards evening held in early December, where Coronation Street actor Liam Bairstow was one of the judges - Victoria said she was honoured that everyone's stories were read out and celebrated. Victoria said, "I don't give up and I like to support other people to keep going even during hard times."
We are super proud of you Victoria and send huge congratulations to you. #covidleaders #dimensionsuk #stayuplate
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Local charity Aldingbourne Trust are proud to be working in partnership with food rescue charity UKHarvest – the two charities are supporting each other during these difficult times. UKHarvest originally founded by CEO Yvonne Thomson, 3 years ago rescue food from various sources such as farms, supermarkets, catering companies, Ocado, P&O Cruises and more which would otherwise be wasted. A team of dedicated volunteers package up the rescued food into smaller food parcels which are then distributed to over 150 charities between Southampton – Tunbridge Wells – London including local refugees, food banks, homeless charities, school breakfast clubs and domestic abuse centres, ensuring the food reaches the people that need it most.
Food wastage in the UK is a huge problem which charities like UKHarvest are fighting to reduce. Registered charity WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme) estimated annual food waste rising within UK households, hospitality & food service, food manufacture, retail and wholesale sectors in 2018 at around 9.5 million tonnes, 70% of which was intended to be consumed by people (30% being the ‘inedible parts’). This had a value of over £19 billion a year, and can be equated to more than 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Aldingbourne Trust – a local award winning charity supporting people with learning disabilities and / or autism heard about UK Harvest and wanted to do what they could to help. Due to these unprecedented times the Trust have been required to close their facilities at the Aldingbourne Country Centre to the public for a short time, and are focussing their resources to continue to support people to learn and develop their skills within areas such as catering. Charis Lawrence – Deputy Manager in Hospitality and Catering at the Trust said, “This partnership has not only supported UKHarvest by allowing them to use our empty catering facilities to package ambient stock such as rice, noodles, flour and dried fruit; it has really been beneficial for the people we support enabling them to continue learning and developing their skills by packaging up food ready for deliveries to those that need it most.” The food gets delivered in large quantities to the Country Centre kitchens and together UKHarvest and Aldingbourne Trust decant it into smaller food parcels, vacuum pack the products and label each package ready for delivery to local people.
Hannah Wells – one of the people Aldingbourne Trust support said, “I am so pleased to be involved with this project, it has enabled me to complete my Food Hygiene certification Level 1 and it has kept me really busy.” Jason Attenborough said, “ I too have loved being involved in this project, it’s fun, rewarding and it has educated me on how many people are in need of food and it’s given me a sense of purpose.”
Roger Parkes, UKHarvest’s Catering Manager, co-ordinating the partnership, is delighted with the progress and speed of which the food is being packaged, “ I am delighted to be working with Aldingbourne Trust, I have met some fantastic people and it’s such a lovely place to be. The support has been fantastic and we are all working together to distribute food to those in need as quickly as we can.”
UKHarvest are always looking for more organisations to support them so if you feel you could offer support please do get in touch with Liz Woodsell, COO, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Aldingbourne Trust visit www.aldingbournetrust.org
Local award winning charity Aldingbourne Trust win the "Public and Community Award" in the prestigious Sussex Heritage Awards 2020.
The Sussex Heritage awards have been running for 22 years and this year due to Covid19 the award ceremony and winners were announced online with over 70 entries across East, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove.
Lord Egremont - President of Sussex Heritage Trust said, "We received a fantastic number of entries which show how popular the awards are and I think they encourage design and architecture in the local area."
HNW Architects submitted an entry for the Aldingbourne Country Centre's new Quarry building into the category for "Public and Community Award" sponsored by Gatwick Airport. Simon Knight - Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust announced the winners and quoted the judges' response to the Aldingbourne Country Centre from their visit - "it doesn't look like a social care facility, this brilliantly conceived and executed centre for people with learning disabilities has a robust external appearance combined with a warm and playful interior. This and the high standard of finishes creates an environment where people of all abilities can realise their potential."
Michelle McKinley Bell - Head of Enterprise and Development for Aldingbourne Trust said, " We are very proud and honoured to receive this award and wish to thank Amiri Construction Ltd, Hawkins / Brown, HNW Architects, SMD Construction Consultancy Ltd, Campbell Reith, Ingine Ltd, Forest Heat. Energy and Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology for all their creative input from design to build - it has been a team effort in creating this unique and innovative building which we are already seeing the people we support and many local visitors enjoying."
All winners will receive a handcrafted plaque to display within the building and if you have not already visited please do pop down to see this amazing building when it is safe to do so - which is home to a Changing Places facility, Gift Shop, state of the art conference facilities, cafe and even a spiral indoor slide which is open for all ages.
The Aldingbourne Trust support adults with learning disabilities and / or autism to live independent lives and by visiting our Centre you are making a big difference to people’s lives. www.aldingbournetrust.org