MP sees how veterans get a grant
RISHI Sunak MP has opened a new center designed to help families and military veterans.
Clervaux Fold in Croft, near Darlington, works with the families and former servicemen of Catterick Garrison.
The center offers therapeutic activities to give families practical and positive experiences, which help them bond and restore their sense of well-being.
The Fold was funded through a LIBOR grant of Â£ 470,000.
It is made up of a variety of craft workshops, kitchen, dining and living area, as well as newly planted gardens to cultivate produce for cooking.
During his visit to Clervaux, Mr Sunak also saw some of the other programs offered at his Clow Beck site, which offers day care places and accommodation for young people and adults with learning and disability difficulties. complex behavior and supports them in their training and further education.
These include the Clervaux gardening school for children with learning difficulties. The school opened in December 2019 and welcomes young people from 10 to 19 years old. He met Harry, one of the students, who told him how important the center had been to him, and also visited the center’s farm where they together fed lambs. At the Veterans Wood Craft Shelter, Mr. Sunak tried his hand at pole-and-stick lathe and spoke to the veterans about their experiences.
Mr Sunak said he was excited to finally visit Clow Beck after his plan to open The Fold was postponed by the pandemic.
He said: âIt is wonderful to see the LIBOR money used to support our veterans and military families.
âThe Fold is a fantastic setup and a splendid addition to Clow Beck’s offering for those with special needs who need extra help.â
Lone Helliwell, Director of The Fold Center, said: âWe were delighted that Rishi could visit and see what has been accomplished here and how we are working with families and Catterick veterans.
âThe past year has been very difficult for families in the Service with loved ones on deployment, so we are delighted to be able to continue to develop our programs – for our families of Services but also, in the future, with local families. ”
The LIBOR grant scheme opened in 2012 and is now closed after donating Â£ 773million to armed forces and emergency service charities.