A charity which provides supported learning, development and work activities for vulnerable adults and young people with learning disabilities has benefited to the tune of £4,000 thanks to the Heart of the Community Awards initiative run by Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity.

Walton Lea

The Walton Lea Partnership in Warrington was the charity nominated by Nisa retailer Mike Sohal, whose store is located close to the charity’s base.

Mike said: “What the people at the Walton Lea Project do is incredible and you can see how important it is to everyone involved. It was really simple to apply for a Heart of the Community award through MADL and being able to hand over the donation knowing it will make such an impact locally, is part and parcel of what being a local, independent retailer is all about.”

The charity runs a series of social enterprises including retail, horticulture and woodwork as well as recycling furniture, and have used the funds to pay for a selection of tools and equipment that will improve the everyday activities offered to service users.

Karen Moore, support worker and lead for horticulture at the charity, said: “The Heart of the Community award has been fantastic for us as it has allowed us to spend on a range of items that will really make things so much easier for our learners.”

Nisa’s head of charity Kate Carroll said: “Having seen first-hand the work this wonderful charity does, I know that this Heart of the Community award will make such a huge difference to so many people.

“This sort of project is exactly what we had in mind when we launched the initiative, and it really is fantastic to see what a difference our Nisa partners can make to their communities by getting involved and supporting such brilliant local causes.”