Herefordshire Freemasons have donated £500 to support the valuable work of local charity Horizon Training, which focuses on the needs of young people, aged 16-23, who have often had a difficult start in life
It gives them the opportunity to learn vocational skills at the same time as developing their social interaction abilities and self-confidence, increasing their chances of a successful entry into the workplace. Often, they have not achieved well in the state education system for a variety of reasons, and Horizon Training provides the chance for them to develop the abilities that will enable them to succeed in life.
Horizon Training at present has 76 learners undergoing one-year courses at their premises on the Foley Trading Estate in Hereford, which, because of their troubled background many of them come from, can create challenges.
A variety of courses are available to them. Construction work is a popular option, covering a wide range of skills including bricklaying, plastering, tiling, carpentry, painting and decorating, and plumbing, much of the training taking place in the charity’s large and well-equipped workshops. Many graduates of the course go on to undertake formal apprenticeships.
Learners on the catering course have the opportunity to work in the on-site café, which Horizon Training built themselves, and which provides meals and refreshments for the many people working on the Foley Trading Estate. The Province’s grant of £500, which comes through the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association, will go towards the purchase of two refrigerators for this facility.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, Michael Holland, and Provincial Charity Steward, Nick Swan, visited the facility to present the grant. They were shown round by the Manager Paul Dopson and impressed with the hard work and dedication of the team providing these invaluable services for young people.