Portland College are overjoyed to announce that plans for a Woodlands Activity Trail are another step closer to becoming a reality thanks to Mansfield Building Society Charitable Trust. The Trustees have pledged to donate £42,500, helping the fundraising campaign move towards the halfway point. Whilst we will continue fundraising, the Trust’s generous donation means that the project will now almost certainly go ahead.
Plans for the Woodlands Activity Trail include a climbing tower, 100-metre zipline, adventure trail, and bike trail that will be fully accessible to people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The facilities will also be opened up free of charge to local primary schools and groups that support the disadvantaged. At weekends the Woodlands Activity Trail will be open for families to enjoy a healthy, fun day out for just a small fee.
Commenting on the decision to support the College’s Woodland Activity Trail project, Richard Crisp, Commercial Development Executive at The Mansfield said “The Society set up its Charitable Trust with the primary objective of supporting deserving causes that make a real difference to the lives and wellbeing of those living, working and volunteering in our Heartland Area - the college’s project ticked so many boxes. Not only will the project benefit students at the college, it will also benefit schools in the region who will be granted free access to the Woodland Activity Trail once complete. We’re thrilled to be associated with such a terrific local project and hope that our passion is shared by other businesses who are able to help the college fill the remaining funding gap.”
This exciting project will provide an outdoor adventure area with the facilities for students of Portland College to build physical strength and key life skills such as confidence, team building techniques, leadership skills and problem solving. These are crucial skills that will help people with disabilities to overcome barriers and become more independent. The college will also work with the community based Portland Pathways team to provide facilities as part of their successful employment programme.
The project will create work experience placements and volunteering opportunities in areas such as maintenance, health and safety, administration, catering and horticulture.