Scotts Project Trust in Tonbridge: helping people with learning disabilities

Based in Tonbridge, the Scotts Project Trust is a charity for people with learning disabilities whose aims are to provide a specially structured caring community for adults to benefit from and reach their full potential with a homelike and happy environment.

 

The registered charity was founded in 1990 when Jill and Denis Scott decided to build homes for people with learning difficulties after they could find no place available in the South East of England for their daughter Henrietta. In February 2004, Henrietta sadly died unexpectedly but her legacy and memory lives on through the work of the Scotts Project Trust.

Jasmine Jude-Trailor is the Community Engagement, Marketing & PR Manager at Scotts Project Trust and she spoke to us in depth to tell us more about the charity.

 

For readers who might not know, can you tell us why and when Scotts Project was first formed?

Scotts Project Trust was founded in 1990 to address a lack of provision of services in the West Kent area, for adults with learning disabilities. It was founded by the parents of Henny Scott, a young woman with a learning disability who was forced to live many miles away from her family due to a lack of local services. Scotts has been operating successfully for 30 years. We have excellent relations with our local community and stakeholders. With robust governance and highly committed trustees and staff, we can meet and often exceed all statutory requirements.

 

What are the aims and objectives of Scotts Project?

Scotts Project Trust is situated in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Tonbridge, Kent. Scotts provide residential facilities, on-site day service activities and independent living support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

Our mission at Scotts is “to provide an excellent, supportive service and a nurturing environment so the people who use our service can get the most from life.” We aspire to achieve this by equipping and supporting our service users with the skills and support they need to make choices about their lives and by striving to offer our service users as many opportunities as possible to ensure they enjoy a good quality of life.

 

What would you say have been the charity’s proudest moments in its over 30-year history?

The refurbishment of the day services has been a huge achievement for Scotts. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Trusts and Foundations, we were able to completely refurbish the hall which included installing an accessible entrance, a new modern kitchen, AV and a lift and a new Changing Places environment.

The hall is where our Dance, Music and Life Skills sessions take place. We are also now able to hire this venue out to the local community during the hours it is not being used by our service users.

The completion of this project coincided nicely with the 30-year anniversary of the charity.

Are you currently looking for any volunteers and, if so, how can interested readers get in touch to find out more?

Yes, we welcome volunteers who would like to work with our service users directly. We are also seeking volunteers to assist with our fundraising events throughout the year. To find out more, go online and visit www.scottsproject.org.uk/work-here/volunteers

 

Are there any exciting projects/events you are looking forward to in 2024?

Scotts are excited to be taking part in the Tonbridge Dragon Boat race in September and a quiz night in October. We were also a stallholder at the Hadlow Lambing event in April. We are currently fundraising for a target of £27,000 to upgrade our very old IT equipment.

 

What are Scotts Project Trust’s long-term goals over the next 5-10 years?

Our long-term goals are to continue to provide high-quality support and facilities to our service users. Due to the increase in the cost of living and increase in salaries, we are working hard to fundraise to refurbish and enhance the support and facilities we offer our service users. We would like to make further connections with organisations within the community to add value to Scotts as well as the wider community.

 

What do you enjoy most about being based in Tonbridge?

Tonbridge offers a wonderful supportive community. We have established wonderful partnerships with Tonbridge School, Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls, the Tonbridge Lions Club, Kent Advanced Motorcycle Group and our local Handelsbanken.

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