Wildgoose Rural Training has benefitted from a funding boost of £6000 from the CLA Charitable Trust (CLACT) after successfully applying earlier this year. Wildgoose is a charity which provides meaningful land based, rural and environmental training and activities for individuals or groups of youngsters and adults with learning disabilities.
Funded almost entirely by subscriptions and donations from CLA members, an organisation which supports nearly 28,000 farmers, land owners and rural businesses, the CLACT is dedicated to helping charities who share in its vision of connecting people who are disabled or disadvantaged with the countryside.
The funding will go towards a Blacksmithing course which is another activity for Wildgoose to add to their extensive repertoire of courses. Giving students an opportunity to learn a skilled trade, this course will allow students to learn, engage with others and produce products which they can give as presents or even sell improving their mental health and sense of wellbeing.
We are delighted to receive a grant from CLA which will enable us to train staff and purchase equipment in order to start blacksmithing at Wildgoose Rural Training. This will be another activity that our students with additional needs will be able to get involved in and enjoy
Many students have attended the Wildgoose Rural Training Centre, which is set on a 6 acre smallholding and a 36 acre nature reserve, for over 15 years building significant friendships and thriving in a place that is the perfect setting for training with a rural focus.
Since its foundation in 1980, the CLA Charitable Trust has given more than £1.9m in grants to a wide variety of organisations and projects.