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Leather craft, new sports and improving Total Communication skills and signs at Town Farm Workshop

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In October 2014, 2 groups of 5 began learning leather craft skills with our new leather craft tutor Tibor. Between October and December the groups developed their skills by making items such as belts, glasses cases and money pouches for themselves, family and friends. This New Year with their ‘new skills’, Town Farm workshop leather crafters are making items to sell alongside the beautiful array of weaving and ceramics. We look forward to taking these desirable new items along to 2015’s craft fairs and events and they will also be available to purchase on the Regard website.

In December a group from Town Farm Workshop were invited to visit Scope’s well-established Thorngrove Garden Centre and new carpentry centre, located just across the road from the charity’s residential centre at Mulberry Court, Gillingham which aims to support disabled people to achieve their goals and become part of the local community. The group joined service users to make Christmas cards and peppermint creams before joining them at Gillingham Leisure centre where they tried their hand at badminton table tennis and Boccia in a leisure session. All those involved really enjoyed meeting some new people and enjoying the facilities on offer in Gillingham. The Town Farm Workshop group have invited those they met to come and visit the workshops in February for a pottery session and lunch.

Town Farm Workshop has been privileged to be involved in a project organised by People First Dorset – updating their wonderful resource “Dorset Total Communication a collection of Signs and Symbols”. This handy little book that is readily available in provisions across Dorset containing signs and symbols for the words most often used in our everyday lives. The collection was originally created and distributed 10 years ago. During 2014 another wide consultation began. This included people with learning disabilities from all over Dorset as well as Speech and Language Therapists, Social Services staff and people from Dorset Total Communication Group. The consultation involved revising the existing signs and symbols catalogued in the book, adding some new/ more relevant signs and symbols (including I Pad) and ensuring that the signs are up to date. Most recently 19.01.15 Joanne and James the original models were joined by Natalie, a new model from The Stable Family Home Trust at People First Dorset’s office in Dorchester. Here they were photographed demonstrating the signs. The photographs will appear in colour in the updated book which Dorset People First hope to have completed before the end of 2015.

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Town Farm Workshop is an innovative project from Regard, We provide care and