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On Wednesday 25th April, our Town Farm Workshop - Outcomes With Learning (OWL) day service opened its doors to visitors in conjunction with National Care Home Open Day.

This year’s theme was ‘Linking Communities’ and over the next few months, 20 of our services will be inviting people from their local communities to attend events across Regard.

Town Farm Workshop decided to base their event on ‘celebrating volunteers in the local community’.

Staff and people who live at local Regard residential service, Newton House, joined in with the event.

Helen Ritson, Service Manager, has provided some words about what happened on the day: “Nicola Whitehead joined us from ‘Dorset Volunteer Centre’ sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm on volunteering, and the ‘Community Credits Scheme.’ Following on from this, we presented balloons and chocolates to volunteers from Town Farm Workshop and our local community – Richard Dennet, David Salmons, Claire Beynon, Rosie Brand and Joanne Davis.

“We were pleased to host Kidsrome too; a mobile petting farm, with sheep, a cute little nameless lamb, a goat, “tickle” the dog, chickens, ducks, a donkey and a Shetland pony named Betty. Not forgetting Craig the farmer, who was on duty all day passing on his wealth of “agri-facts” to all our guests.

“Visitors were able to ‘have-a-go’ at woodwork with tutor Jon Jon, weaving with tutor Sally, and they could also add their contribution to a ‘community mosaic’. This piece of group art is travelling around our village; to the school, café, toddler group and church. In the hope that as many of our friends and neighbours will be able to add some tiles to the design (created by Fran) before it returns to Town Farm Workshop where it will be displayed on the outside wall to be enjoyed by the whole community.”

Everyone enjoyed the delicious refreshments on offer – provided by Town Farm Workshop’s catering group. Helen said “the lemon drizzle cake was particularly splendid!”

There was also a ‘Guess how many sweets in the jar?’ which raised £15 for Regards nominated charity for this year Shelter.

Reflecting on the day, Helen added “Despite the varied weather, visitors from as far as Berkshire (thank you Newton House) seemed to delight in the day’s offerings, and plans have already started for our next event - watch this space!”

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Providing work-related activity for adults with learning disabilitiesTown Farm Workshop is an innovative project from Regard, We provide care and support to adults, young