Harper Adams University is working with Welsh charity Dal Dy Dir to provide skills training for people with learning difficulties and people who have had opportunities pass them by. Dal Dy Dir have put in a bid to secure up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. So far, they have successfully got through two stages which means they are now one of five groups in Wales in with a chance of winning. The winner will be chosen by an online public vote.
The charity aims to create a small working farm in Powys where people can access training and self-employment opportunities. The area will include woodland, paddocks and cottages where people, mainly those with disabilities, can try out and develop new skills. If successful, the group will receive training from Harper Adams in areas such as forestry and land management enabling the participants to gain valuable skills which will then allow them to develop their own small businesses on the small holding and create a place where families with disabilities can come without fear of judgement or discrimination. Volunteers will also be supported in creating a rare breeds programme with the aim to have pigs, sheep and chickens for the young people to manage at the same time as developing their animal husbandry skills.
Natalie Webster, Director at Dal Dy Dir said: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, this will help us to make an even bigger difference to our local community by providing opportunities for our young people and adults to create a great community farm and access training and work opportunities. All too often our young people are overlooked and their potential is not unlocked. We want to change this and let our volunteers lead by example and showcase just what they can do."
Dal Dy Dir understands how difficult it is for young people with disabilities to get into employment or access further education.
They desperately need votes to enable them to access the funding. To cast your vote, go to https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/forest-foundations
Voting closes on 15th April at 12:00pm.