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Charity work

Hampshire Woodturners Association has supported charities for many years. Since 2013 our charitable work has focussed on Minstead Trust, based in the New Forest.

Minstead Trust supports people with learning disabilities, helping them to achieve greater independence, lead fulfilled lives and live as full citizens in our society.
The Trust delivers highly effective services based on a strong community spirit, valuing each person. The focus is on providing Work Skills, Life Skills and better Health and Wellbeing.

9 HWA members currently act as volunteers 2 days a week (after the appropriate vetting) to work on 2 lathes in the workshop teaching the students woodturning, just one of the many work skills being taught at Minstead. Apart from the value of the training, items made at these sessions are sold to raise funds for the Trust, notably at nearby Furzey Gardens which is now part of Minstead Trust.

The students at Minstead continue to amaze the HWA team with their optimism and energy for woodturning. They get about 45 minutes real time on the lathe each week and the same amount of time watching and some of the students are able to carry out part of the processes on their own. Our involvement is very gratifying and the HWA team are getting good reports back from the staff on the keenness of the students to attend and the fact that people buy the items they make.

To learn more about Minstead Trust, please visit their website www.minsteadtrust.org.uk
or, for the involvement of HWA, look back through the articles in the Minstead section of Your Turn on this website.

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