Charity Rally - Paul McCallan and John Clements (Paul Butler & Partners Wealth Management Ltd)
by The Mudlarks Community
raised by 40 donations
of £1,000.00 Target Goal
£1,000.00 Target Goal
Support Paul McCallan and John Clements as they embark on a 1,427 km mystery rally across Europe in support of adults with learning disabilities and mental health concerns. The endurance rally will depart from Hertford on 16th September and will see 5 teams drive across multiple European countries in 4 days, whilst tasked with completing secret challenges along the way. Funds raised during this mystery trip, will be donated to Hertford based charity Mudlarks. Mudlarks offers therapy, training and work experience to 161 adults each week living with learning difficulties and mental health concerns.
The Mudlarks Community
Since 2008 The Mudlarks Community has enabled Hertford's most marginalised people living with learning disabilities and mental health concerns to fulfil their potential by creating work experience and increasing their confidence which can lead to employment and college opportunities. Each week we welcome 150 disabled people to one of our 4 horticultural projects and The Mudlarks Café in Hertford Town centre. Many of our gardeners live with severe learning difficulties and behavioural issues, and therefore are not accepted at any other day care provision. At Mudlarks our learning disabled gardeners (who live with profound multiple disabilities including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Global Delay Syndrome, Fragile X and Cerebral Palsy) make a recognisable contribution to the quality of life for the community. Working alongside non-disabled volunteers and staff our gardeners build lifelong friendships which creates a better support network for all, hence our strap line – ‘Where plants and people grow.’ Mudlarks disabled participants work on a variety of projects:- Mudlarks Community Garden Allotments where our learning disabled beneficiaries learn skills in horticulture in a caring and safe environment. At the site we teach basic gardening skills supported by horticultural therapy and each gardener has their own growing plot, where they can choose what they grow. Larking About – This project is a professional gardening service working on public green spaces including Hertford Castle. Special Branch – An external team of disabled gardeners working on private gardens belonging to vulnerable and/or elderly residents of our community. Mudlarks Café – Provides 27 disabled adults with work experience improving their skills and confidence in a commercial setting. Once trained, our workers are employed at the café. Mudlarks’ Forest School Mudlarks Forest school was founded to offer profoundly disabled special educational needs school pupils the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of secluded woodland. Upon finding a perfect woodland site for our Forest School the land was generously offered to us rent free by Hertfordshire County Council. This 4 acre site is a secure diverse native woodland – a perfect location for a forest school. It has running water, a composting toilet, and an open glade, where we have a firepit. Since 2018 we have been inviting special educational school pupils and their teachers to partake in our Forest School. Overseen by a qualified Forest School Leader.