Light relief and next steps for local trust

Shelbie Meadows, Karen Vine, Louise Milroy, Lucy Pearson and Harriet Nicholson, baking up a storm at Next Step Trust, King Cross.
Shelbie Meadows, Karen Vine, Louise Milroy, Lucy Pearson and Harriet Nicholson, baking up a storm at Next Step Trust, King Cross.
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Comic Relief has donated £4.5 million to Britain’s in need, and through delivery partner, Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC), £14,000 is available for local schemes.

Next Step Trust, a day provision for adults with severe and complex needs, and presently single bidder for 2013, hopes that this Red Nose Day will bring light relief to the centre. The charity enables its clients to participate in diverse activities from circus skills to baking. Next Step Trust applied for a £10,000 ‘Local Communities’ grant.

If successful, chief executive, Preet Sandhu said, the grant will be attributed to a catery course with a view to utilise the sites kitchen and teaching skills of caterering manager, Jill Thewlis. “We will provide entry level catering courses for people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as ethnic minorities and refugees,” she said. “The course will give insight into the food industry; allowing individuals the opportunity to assess if catering is for them,” said Ms Sandhu.

CFFC grants manager, Rob Billson said: “Supported projects are always community based and managed by local people who best understand the needs of their community.”

The deadline for local communities grants is March 25th, see ccfc.co.uk for more info.