All aboard for helping people

Cllr Scott Dickinson, JaneDavidson, and Stephanie Stafford.
Cllr Scott Dickinson, JaneDavidson, and Stephanie Stafford.

A heritage railway project is helping adults with learning disabilities to shine.

Railway-themed snacks are being dished up at The Aln Valley Railway Café as part of a partnership project with Northumberland County Council‘s learning disability day services.

Flowers and plants by the café have been planted by volunteers and adults with learning and physical disabilities based at Alnwick’s Pottergate Pantry and Pottergate Potting Shed, day services run by county council.

The Alnwick site recently received a visit from Coun Scott Dickinson, who is chairman of Northumberland’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

He was keen to see how the scheme is combining enhancement of the county’s tourist attractions with greater inclusion for adults with learning disabilities.

“Both the café and gardening projects at The Aln Valley Railway are a great way of giving the clients experience in customer service and working as part of a team on a local project,” said Coun Dickinson.

He added: “The project is also helping The Aln Valley Railway to offer a good range of services for visitors.

“This project demonstrates what can be achieved when we work together.”