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Reach UK Aarsleff

Aarsleff has donated significant funds to Nottinghamshire based charity Reach UK to put on their charity barn dance. The ‘Pig, Swig, Jig’ event, taking place on the 3rd June, is for the benefit of its team and members. Aarsleff’s donation has meant that Reach UK can hire out the most accessible and wheelchair-friendly venue and above all, give the members and staff more space to dance! Lots of the members attending would have had to pay for their ticket and the ticket for a carer to support them on the evening however now the ticket price can be reduced to make it a more affordable event for all attending.

Reach is a registered charity that supports over 200 people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire. They run courses, social activities and projects to help people get the life they want in their own community. They started up as the Southwell Care Project in 1999 and now have four bases in Southwell, Newark, Mansfield, and Flower Pod. Reach UK work hard to ensure that adults with learning disabilities gain the skills and confidence to live as independently as they can. Too often is the case, that those with disabilities are at a very high risk of social isolation.

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has always supported local charities and see it as an integral role in its business operations. When supporting a cause or a charity, Aarsleff makes sure it gets to know the people behind it, to understand their story, meet its people and to gain a greater feel and understanding for how our support can directly help them.

Jessica Banham, Marketing Coordinator at Aarsleff said:

“We are committed to creating long-lasting value for the communities and charities that Aarsleff support. We like to be involved with the charities, to understand how they operate and what they need.”

Aarsleff met with the wonderful staff and volunteers of Reach UK to see first-hand the fantastic work they do. It was a bright and lively place with a fantastic group of people, and the team there run such a dynamic and valuable organisation. From speaking with the charities members, it was clear that they felt safe, valued and above all encouraged.

In just one morning, Aarsleff saw a cookery class and a pottery class, both led by experienced tutors and project workers. It was certainly lively and creative and demonstrated how Reach UK work closely with their clients and their carers to find new ways of doing things that are both engaging and useful for developing their life skills. Other courses include cookery, drama, music, singing, arts and crafts and gardening.

Sarah Cob, Fundraising Officer at Reach UK said:

“We are very grateful for the support from Aarsleff – their sponsor money has meant that we are able to access a larger, more accessible venue for our upcoming Barn Dance. With their support, we can put on this event taking place in June. It is an open event for clients, support workers, friends, families, supporters and anyone else who would like to come along and support the charity for an evening of fun, food, dancing and lots of laughter.

As a charity, we are reliant on support from generous companies such as Aarsleff to help us raise our much-needed funds and to spread a broader awareness of our charity in the local area. Money raised from the event will go straight in to Reach to support the work we do with people in Nottinghamshire with learning difficulties.”

For more information about Aarsleff and its corporate responsibility, contact the company on 01636 611140 or email jessicabanham@aarsleff.co.uk
For more information about the wonderful work that Reach UK do, please visit their website and see how you can help: http://www.reachuk.org/

Cookery Club!

Learning how to cook with peppers!

Rolling clay in Pottery class!

Proud pottery club member!

Hard at work in the Cookery Club!

Aarsleff’s Marketing Coordinator Jessica Banham meets with Reach UK and its club members

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