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Trusts & Foundations

Trusts and foundations are an essential source of support for COT. If you are a trustee or work with a trust then we would be delighted to hear from you

Whether you'd like to fund a specific project or our work generally, you can help us improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. To find out more about our work and our current needs, please call Angela Phipps on 01233 861493 x 241 or [email protected] We'd be delighted to welcome you to our charity to see our work first hand.

An example of how past support has made a difference…

Sally, for example, has severe autism and has been accessing the programme since it began in 2011.She has built a strong relationship with the tutor and very much looks forward to her time in the woods. Working with her one to one means that it is possible for her to fully embrace the opportunity to explore the wood and experience the sensory benefits offered by the environment. She is enabled to direct her sessions with a freedom rarely found in learning disability services. The manager of the home where Sally lives said:

"The tutor understands Sally so well. He is very creative and knows what activities will motivate her and hold her interest. Her sessions in the wood are the only time she has without care staff. This is very important as it provides an opportunity for her to be more independent. She returns home tired, happy and keen to discuss her day!"

Colin's condition means that his mobility is deteriorating and undertaking activities in the woodland were becoming increasingly challenging for him. With one to one support, however, he has been able to continue attending the project and is now flourishing! In particular he has expanded his skills in sign carving. His achievements have helped him grow in confidence and he speaks enthusiastically about his work. His parents commented in recent correspondence:

"We never cease to be amazed at what Colin has achieved and were reminded of this when we went to the Poulton Wood Open Day and saw the quality of signs that he produces with the obvious assistance of such dedicated staff. We never believed he would be able to achieve something such as that and be so happy in doing it!"

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