Making homes for nature!Published Monday, 25th January 2016
People with learning disabilities from Rotherham have been looking forward to spring by making nest-boxes to donate to a local wetland centre.
Clients from Rotherham Council’s Addison Centre, which supports adults with learning disabilities, made bird boxes and a hedgehog house, which were donated to the RSPB’s Old Moor Wetlands Centre at a recent information day.
The Addison clients had been supported by Community Facilitator Charlie Davies to design and create several bird boxes and hedgehog houses as part of their weekly enrichment activities.
Taking part in the information day at Old Moor, near Wombwell, were members of AD-PRO, Maltby, which is also part of Rotherham’s Adult Learning Disability Service and supports adults with learning disabilities to find paid employment.
They were joined by Barnsley Council Community Enablement Service clients and support worker Kevin White, who volunteer their services every Tuesday on the Wetlands Workforce Project alongside volunteers from AD-PRO and Rotherham Council.
During the event, Ian Butler, RSPB volunteer/Photography Advisor, presented his fantastic photographs of the wildlife to be found around the Wetlands area at Old Moor, and explained where he shot the images, highlighting his passion for photography and knowledge of the subject.
Daniel Harrison, one of the trainees who attend AD-PRO, also utilised his technology skills and interest in photography on the day by taking photographs of the event.
Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr David Roche said: "As well as helping wildlife in the local area, this experience will have contributed towards the employment skills and experience of those who took part, as well as increasing their independence, confidence and social skills."
AD-PRO employment co-ordinator, Lisa Curran, who organised the event, said: "It was a great day and everyone enjoyed themselves. The RSPB were thrilled with the donations which will be used around the Wetlands."