Community service award for work on Sturminster Newton's Disabled Educational Centre
AN occupational therapist from Dorset HealthCare, along with a school teacher from Yewstock School and a Bournemouth University OT student have been given a community service award by Sturminster Newton Rotary Club for their outstanding work in the local community.
Occupational therapist Tracey Brown, teacher Christine Chadwick and student Emma Wilson-Gwynn received the award for their work in launching the Disabled Educational Centre (DEC) project on Bath Road in Sturminster Newton. The Disabled Education Centre helps young people with learning disabilities make the transition from children’s services to adult learning disability services.
Dorset HealthCare’s Tracey Brown explained: “This project aims to give young adults the life skills they will need later in their lives. We have excellent children’s and adults’ services but this project helps adolescents through the difficult in-between period in a young person’s life. Converting the existing Disabled Equipment Centre was a great idea and with help from the Rotary Club we have managed to turn the bungalow into a perfect place to teach these young people how to look after themselves. Each student learns skills such as changing sheets, washing, cooking and looking after their money, all in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Student Emma Wilson-Gwynn added: “We’re really proud of this award as the Rotary Club only presents them to reward people or projects that are of significant benefit to the community. What we have achieved in Sturminster Newton is really impressive and we’re delighted with the recognition. Alongside the award we also received £100 which we decided to donate to the Rotary Club’s project to build a birthing centre in Nepal.”
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President of the Rotary Club, Malcolm Parker said: “Tracey Brown and her team are a real credit to the local community; we were thrilled to be able to present them with this award.
We were very moved when they decided to return the cheque as a donation for our work in Nepal which, when completed, will save the lives of many expectant mothers and unborn children.”