A SOLIHULL charity for people with learning difficulties has been granted nearly £23,000 for sports activities and equipment.
The Family Care Trust has received grants from the Postcode Community Trust and Sport England for the Newlands Bishop Farm in Catherine-de-Barnes.
The farm offers vocational learning for adults with learning difficulties and physical health conditions including woodwork, agriculture and a community gardening service.
It also offers tailored work experience in horticulture, horse and animal care, catering and retail.
The Postcode Community Trust, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery, has awarded £17,300 to the Family Care Trust.
Sport England, which provides funds from the National Lottery, has awarded the charity £5,600.
Events will include a community sports day at Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club.
Trust manager Daniel Adams said: “Looking after the health and wellbeing of our project workers is really important to the charity.
“There are lots of studies showing the benefits of working outdoors in nature, and we’re fortunate to be able to provide brilliant working and training opportunities at our farm.
“We support these services with additional activities and events, which give our project worker the opportunity to try new experiences, socialise with each other and have fun.
“Using the grants, we’ll be able to improve our sports offering to the service users, which will help improve their overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”
People’s Postcode Lottery officer Ailbhe Kirwan added: “This is a fantastic project that will empower adults in the Solihull area living with learning difficulties and additional support needs to grow in confidence by providing them with an inclusive setting where they can gain a whole host of new skills, and socialise at the same time.”