Jennyruth open day

rip    Rachael Addison demonstrates cutting out paper shapes for card making to the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire Alexandra Holford at the Jennyruth Workshop open day.  110519M1b.
rip Rachael Addison demonstrates cutting out paper shapes for card making to the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire Alexandra Holford at the Jennyruth Workshop open day. 110519M1b.

Jennyruth workshops have hailed their open day a great success.

More than 80 visitors went to the event held on Thursday, May 19.

Oliver Fawcett demonstrates a scroll saw at the Jennyruth Workshop open day.  110519M1a.

Oliver Fawcett demonstrates a scroll saw at the Jennyruth Workshop open day. 110519M1a.

It was a chance for members of the public to visit the workshops in Bridge Hewick and see the work for themselves, and for Jennyruth’s workers to show off their abilities and their contribution to the community, said general manager Denise Carrigan.

“We feel the day went really well. We were honoured to have the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire here to open the day, and it was a pleasure to meet such a wide variety of people.”

Visitors included staff from other learning disability service providers such as Starbeck’s Vocational Skills Centre, and careers advisors from special schools who came to see if Jennyruth was something they could tell their students about, as well as interested members of the public from Ripon.

Some Jennyruth workers gave presentations about their work and guided visitors around the facilities, while others were awarded training certificates achieved over recent months.

Jennyruth closed their Ripon centre shop for the day to give all their workers chance to be present, and set up a stall selling their crafts and products in the workshops.

“Our workers enjoyed the day very much,” said Denise, “they gave presentations about the shop. It opened last year, and they are very proud of it.

“It was a real opportunity for the workers to show what they can do.”

The charity’s next venture is “Jennyruth Craft Supplies” which sells card-making and craft supplies direct to the public through their shop and website.