Dr Alan Billings was a visitor to The Makery in Barugh Green, Barnsley on Monday, 12 March as he went along to hear about how they are helping pupils from Greenacre Academy.

The Makery were awarded grant funding from the Stronger Together Community Grant Scheme administered on behalf of the Commissioner by the Barnsley Chronicle.

They were successful in their application for £650 funding to deliver a number of projects in their gift shop and cafe that is run by Greenacre School to give students an opportunity to experience a work environment.

The projects comprise of bespoke craft making workshops for past and present students who have complex educational needs and disabilities.

Dr Billings said: “It was interesting to see all of the creative items for sale in The Makery that were designed and crafted by the students.

“It is such a good idea to provide the students of Greenacre School with some vital life skills to enable them to be more independent and self-sufficient.

“I provided funding to the Barnsley Chronicle for their Stronger Together Grant Scheme for this very reason, so that local community initiatives in the Barnsley area can access small amounts of funding to help those that can access the support.”

Todd Cheetham, Assistant Headteacher said: “The funding has been invaluable to our young people, enabling them further access to The Makery outside of school hours and raising funds that will directly benefit the students of Greenacre in the future.”

The initiative is available for young people between 15 and 25 years-old.  If you would like to know more about the café and gift shop, you can visit their Facebook page –