Article by Jake Lambourne: A disability charity has opened a new training centre in Billericay to help people learn vital work skills.
The Hamelin Trust supports children and adults with disabilities, as well as carers who need extra help.
Billericay Town Council's chairman, Councillor Jim Devlin, was on hand to officially open the charity's new hub, in Radford Crescent, by cutting the ribbon.
The hub is the charity's shop, which specialises in training adults with disabilities by teaching them skills in window dressing, development displays, using the till and customer service.
Nicky Evans, the fundraising manager at Hamelin Trust, labelled the launch event a "massive success".
Mrs Evans, who has been a part of the trust for six years, said:
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Mrs Evans"]It was really buzzing. It was really busy, we had food and drink laid out for everyone and it was really nice to bring people together. To celebrate, at the end we all had a glass of champagne each. It was the perfect way to toast the success of the launch.[/quote]
With up to 50 people in attendance, the group was supported by members of the community, volunteers as well as trustees.
Hamelin Trust is recruiting volunteers. If you are interested contact Maria Sims on 01277 653889 or visit the website http://hamelintrust.org.uk/
Article by Jake Lambourne, Ongar Gazette