A Day with Shaw Trust
I can’t claim that it was my idea to spend a day with Shaw Trust; the inspiration came from Squadron Leader Philip Foster, a fellow liveryman, who identified an opportunity to bring together livery apprentices with cadets from our RAF affiliation, 282 Squadron, in support of my Master’s charity at its new venture in Rayners Lane.
Shaw Trust has recently taken a lease on a few acres of open space and is creating a horticultural enterprise for the learning disabled alongside an environment for local people to enjoy. Philip, aka Fozzie, inspired everyone, me included, on how we would benefit from the day and the skills it would help us to develop, particularly in our dialogue with the service users. Our team worked alongside the home team in a range of activities from pricking out new shrubs to some heavy duty clearing of vintage nettles with root systems developed over many years.
The day was rewarding for many reasons not least being a different experience for all of us; I must call out the support from PM Mike Jones who drove his grandchildren, Alex and Poppy, on a return trip from Nottinghamshire in order that they could participate; they are both apprentices who will bring lustre to our Livery Company.