The Surrey Choices Ashford Office Project, which provides office based training and work experience for people with disabilities, has received a £4500 grant from the Heathrow Community Fund’s for Youth grants programme.
The office project helps people to try out a range of office based tasks, prepare for the world of work and add vital skills to their CV. Trainees at the project provides printing, photocopying, shredding, labelling and mailing work to local business. One of the people training at the project recently suggested expanding the project’s offer of services to printing t-shirts. The generous donation will be used to purchase equipment required to set up the printing t-shirts, tea towels and mugs.
John Wilson from Surrey Choices said “We are delighted that the Heathrow Community Fund has made this donation. The project is very popular with our customers and offers great opportunity to develop real work skills in an office setting. We are always looking for new avenues of training for people who use the project and thanks to the donation we can now offer people the chance to develop a wider range of skills.”
Heathrow Community Fund is part of an independent grant-making charity set up by Heathrow’s owners to support and strengthen local communities close to the airport. In the past two years it has donated more than £1 million through three grant programmes, funding projects which support young people, help protect the environment and support active local communities. Funds come from an annual donation from the airport, donations from airline passengers and fines imposed on aircraft that breach noise limits.
More information about the fund and how to apply for grants is available on the website www.heathrow.com/communityfund