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  • Civic couple are guests of honour at Brighter Future Workshop open day

    Henry James

    A SKELMERSDALE-based charity which provides skills training for disabled and disadvantaged young people was given a civic seal of approval when outgoing Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Liz Savage, and her consort, Councillor Noel Delaney were guests of honour at their first open day.

    The duo went along to Brighter Future Workshop at Greenhey Place, East Gillibrands where they were suitably impressed by the efforts of staff and volunteers.

    As well as providing a training service, the workshop also sells, services and repairs mobility equipment both new and recycled.

    They accept donations of unwanted equipment which their trainees help to recycle, helping both the community and the environment.

    Peter Cousins MBE, founder and chair of Brighter Future Workshop Ltd., said: “Councillor Savage opened the day and was impressed with what we do. And the new mayor has also pledged to do what he can to support our charity.”

    Mr Cousins, who hopes to make the open day an annual event, continued: “We had a large crowd of people attending and we urged those who came to spread the word among the community about what we do and the services that we provide. The event went on the full day.

    “We were delighted with the turnout and were also able to help many local people who didn’t know we were here.

    “People were encouraged to try out the equipment without being hassled for sales and there has been a tremendous uplift of people coming to us following the open day. Volunteers were also on hand inform potential buyers of the importance of using mobility equipment safely.

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