As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity, Padua Communications has named The Minstead Trust as its charity to focus on in 2021.
The Minstead Trust supports more than 200 people with learning disabilities across Hampshire through supported living accommodation, day opportunities and employment training, nurturing the unique potential of people with learning disabilities. It supports them to achieve greater independence, lead fulfilled lives and live as full citizens in society.
The Trust’s unique and friendly style has a strong community spirit and has changed the lives of hundreds of people.
Nicky Rudd, MD of Padua Communications says: “We are thrilled to announce that our charity for 2021 is The Minstead Trust. We have been fans of the amazing work that the trust does for a while and are keen visitors to Furzey Gardens. We wanted to become a partner as we want every person to have the chance to live independently. We know from experience how much having support as a carer matters.
“We are delighted that we can help the Minstead Trust’s work supporting and enabling learners, while being there for the wider family too.”
The coronavirus lockdown has been hugely challenging for the Trust, with its income vastly reduced as its social enterprises closed for several months. The Trust runs Furzey Gardens in Minstead, Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton and Minstead Lodge hospitality and events venue. These enterprises also offer work experience for people with learning disabilities to work towards employment.
Padua Communications has donated money to the trust and will also be volunteering its time, attending events and fundraising where possible.