Milltown marks milestone dispatch box to Africa

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A Mearns community has clocked up a special milestone with the dispatch of its 100th box of refurbished tools to Africa.

Milltown of Arbuthnott Day Workshop was set up in 1996 to provide practical work activities for local people with a range of disabilities.

Some have a learning disability; some have had accidents or a stroke, and some have mental health issues.

The workshop provides opportunities for workers to be involved in a wide range of work and skills; crafts, woodwork, gardening, animal husbandry, and refurbishing tools within a social group.

Now the community has dispatched its 100th box of tools for self reliance, a box filled with refurbished hand tools for making cane furniture in Malawi.

Malawi Council for the Handicapped identify appropriate groups to be trained in the use of the tools and the result is that the unemployed are able to set up their own small businesses to create income.

Cost of shipping are met by the Global Concerns Trust.

Stonehaven Rotary Club were among those attending the occasion, underlining a close relationship with the club which the Community hope can be renewed. The Community’s project leader is Richard Firth has been at the centre from the start.

A total of 50 people attended the ceremony including 30 Milltown community members, plus Stonehaven Rotarian George Swapp OBE, an honorary member of the Stonehaven club.