TJ donates time and materials to Minstead Trust project
TJ has donated 50 tonnes of self-binding path gravel to enable Minstead Trust’s car park to be improved and extended. The Trust provides training and support for people with learning disabilities to enable them to develop new skills, lead fulfilled lives and achieve greater independence.
TJ Transport are working in partnership with Skanska UK who hold the Hampshire Highways maintenance contract. The gravel, which came from Hythe Quarry, was used to improve and renew Minstead Trust car park, which falls under the Hampshire Highways remit.
Hampshire Highways identified the need to extend and clean up the car park as it is at full capacity almost every day. The new, larger car park will enable more students to access the services and more care support to come into the centre to help as well.
Minstead Trust incorporates Training and Support Services, Furzey Gardens, Hanger Farm Arts Centre and the Minstead Lodge hospitality social enterprise.
The car park became an essential project after the Trust announced the launch of their new scheme to help people with learning disabilities into employment. Currently less than 20% of people with a learning disability are in employment and many of the 200 people supported by Minstead Trust in Hampshire are keen to gain work experience and skills.
Step Up For Work is the new programme that they hope will solve this long-standing problem. Workshops and supported work experience in Minstead Trust’s social businesses help people develop the skills and confidence needed to be able to enter paid positions with local employers.
Madeleine Durie, Minstead Trust Chief Executive, said: ‘We are very grateful to Skanska UK, TJ Transport, Pavenet, and Wilson and Scott for their support to extend and mark parking bays in our conference car park as well making use of our conference facilities, where we provide supported training placements. This means we have more money to tackle the shocking levels of unemployment among people with learning disabilities.”
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