May 3, 2013 5:21 PM

Mark at the Together TrustLocal MP, Mark Hunter, visited the Together Trust services, WaTT and SK30+ today (3rd May) to discover more about the charity and its services. During his visit, Mark met with service users and staff to see firsthand the benefits the Together Trust has on the lives of young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities, as well as autistic spectrum conditions.

Beginning at Schools Hill, Cheadle, Mark met the Together Trust's chief executive, David Marriott, and the team behind the innovative new social enterprise, WaTT (Working and Training Together) catering service, which provides catering for local businesses and events. Offering people with learning disabilities, aged 16 or over, the chance to gain catering industry experience and qualifications in a professional working environment, WaTT is part of the Trust's ongoing commitment to developing pioneering new services.

The tour then moved to Kershaw's Tannery in Stockport, home of the charity's adult community service, SK30+, where Mark got a tour of the provision which offers specifically tailored support to those aged 30 or over with learning disabilities. To round off the day, he was treated to a sneak preview of the charity's newest service - Ashcroft school's vocational centre - Building Opportunities. The centre is set to be opened by the Mayor of Stockport on 23rd May 2013 and will offer a wide range of accredited qualifications, from construction and building skills to personal and health programmes.

David Marriott, Chief Executive of the Together Trust, said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome Mark Hunter today to see some of our specialist community and education services in Stockport. Mark was able to see the Together Trust's creative approaches to the training needs and support for young people and adults with learning disabilities and also those for young people who benefit from a work-related curriculum.

It was great for our staff and service users to talk to their local MP about their training experiences as well as issues that affect their daily lives."

Commenting, Mark added:

"I was delighted to be invited back to see for myself some of the impressive work that goes on at Together Trust.

"With a history that stretches over 140 years, it was a pleasure to meet with staff and service users to see firsthand the important work that this charity does in our local area.

"Helping more than 1300 young people every year, the work carried out by Together Trust is so important and I am eager to do everything I can to support it as the local MP."

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