We are proud to announce that Lifting Expectations, our ambitious campaign to expand our capacity at The Grange, has been achieved. Building work is coming to a close and The Grange now has more space for people with disabilities to come and do skills training and activities. Our new lift, automatic doors and wider corridors mean it is accessible for people with restricted mobility.
This wonderful new space means we can develop new skills training and activity sessions, including IT skills in our brand new Karten CTEC Centre.
‘IT opens up a world of possibilities for people with disabilities,’ says Grange CEO, Sally Lines. Someone with little speech can communicate volumes online. Tablets and digital cameras allow people with restricted movement to shine artistically.’
The Karten Network kindly funded new equipment for our brand new IT suite – we have push button adjustable-height tables for wheelchair users; hidden cables to prevent trip hazards; and the latest in accessible technology – an electronic whiteboard, touch screens and tablets. People we support will learn IT skills for independent living, newsletter design, digital photography and film-making.
A new Heritage Room will allow us to display our collection of antique embroidery and lace (including items made for Queen Mary) from our early days as The School of Stitchery and Lace.
‘None of this would have been possible without the generosity of charitable funds, local groups and individuals,’ says Sally Lines. ‘We are amazed at the support we have received for this new phase of our work.’