LOCAL CHARITIES HELP TO ALLOW YOUNGSTERS TO GAIN LIFE SKILLS EXPERIENCE

DURING Half-Term, most school children will choose to go there local park, hang out with friends or visit local attractions, however, thanks to a very unique partnership between two local charities, a group of East Staffordshire youngsters have been given a unique experience that will help them in the future.

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) and the Embassy of Man, joined forces earlier this season following investment in kit and equipment. The Embassy of Man charity have now provided further support, enabling a group of young people from BACT’s Holiday Inn Express Junior Disability Club, with the opportunity to visit a local hotel branch.

During their visit to the hotel the young people were fuelled up with a hearty breakfast before their busy day as the spent time working on reception, with the house keeping team and with the staff at front of house.

This unique opportunity provided the young people with the chance to get hands on learning and practising skills that can aid them later in life, also helping to develop their independence and confidence.

Lisa Beard, Community Operations Manager, said: “We’re very grateful to Embassy of Man for their continued support, as well as for giving the youngsters this opportunity to experience the importance of these partnerships.”

“We have never done this sort of activity before but it was a huge success and something we know the young people have not only enjoyed but they have some practical skills to take away and use.”

Alan Northern, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Burton Upon Trent, said: “It was a pleasure to have the kids in the hotel, and show them some aspects of hotel life that ordinary guests do not see, and to get an insight into how the hotel operates. I do hope that they took plenty away from the event, and we look forward to continuing to work with BACT  and their Junior Disability Club in the future”.

To find out more information about BACT’s Inclusive Sport provision please visit www.burtonalbioncommunitytrust.co.uk or call 01283 246207.