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Press release 17/02/14 Local learning disability charity gets a fresh new look

Press release 17th February 2014 Local learning disability charity gets a fresh new look

24/02/2014

News release

Local learning disability charity gets a fresh new look

February 17, 2014.

Local learning disability charity Cambridgeshire Mencap has announced its division into two charities: The Edmund Trust and Eddie’s.

General Manager of The Edmund Trust and Eddie’s, Lyn Jenkins said:

“Becoming two separate charities was necessary to enable us to fundraise more effectively in the current financial climate. We also felt the time was right to leave the Mencap name behind. We have always operated independently, serving and supporting local people, and now we feel that is much clearer to the service users, volunteers and stakeholders involved with both charities.”

The new names were chosen with the aim of creating contemporary, friendly new brand identities. The first Cambridge Mencap residence was called Edmund House so designers CantellDay were careful to keep a shared history in mind. Both organisations will continue to work across Cambridgeshire, with offices in Fulbourn and March, supported living residences in Milton and a respite house in Histon.

Eddie’s Patron Dr Nik Johnson, a Paediatric Consultant at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, commented:

“The change offers many new exciting opportunities for Eddie’s and The Edmund Trust. From creating a distinct local name to developing existing provision for Cambridgeshire people with learning disabilities, both charities will continue to work closely together and all our provision will continue under the new names.”

Professor Tony Holland, Patron of The Edmund Trust also commented:” I have been involved with Cambridgeshire Mencap for many years and have always been proud of the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by our staff. I am confident that this new chapter will see a continuation of high-quality provision for people with learning disabilities in Cambridgeshire, across the work of both charities.”

 

The name change officially ‘went live’ on Monday 3rd February and three celebratory launch events will take place in the coming weeks. These are open to the public and will be attended by Dr Nik Johnson as well as staff, service users, volunteers and trustees of both charity Boards.

Eddie’s launch events; 

-         Monday 24th February 20144-6 pm at Artworks, 9 Church Lane, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EP.

-         Thursday 27th February 20143-5 pm at Artworks, 88 High Street, March, PE15 9LB.

The Edmund Trust launch event:

-         Tuesday 4th March 2014 3-6 pm at William Little Room, Edmund Close, Milton, CB24 6ZS.

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

 

The Edmund Trust and Eddies

 

  • Dr Nik Johnson is a Paediatric Consultant at Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Children’s Unit, whose work has included the development of a highly effective model for a specialist Downs syndrome clinic.

·        Professor Tony Holland Chair of the Learning Disabilities Research Group, Section of Developmental Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

  • The Edmund Trust supports people with learning disabilities to create the lifestyle they choose and be equal and active members of the community.  They offer a range of supported living, domiciliary and respite care, and training services.
  • Eddies provides a wide range of services for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, and their families and carers. They offer practical support and many opportunities including befriending services, arts and drama workshops, a gardening club, a catering course, preschool music therapy sessions, a hydrotherapy pool and a holiday home. 

We are also actively recruiting for support workers for our existing supported living and domiciliary care services.

To find out more about our services or working for us call our shared switchboard on 01223 883130 or visit www.edmundtrust.org.uk and www.eddies.org.uk    

For press or fundraising enquiries contact:

Deanne Swain (except 14-21 Feb)

Community Fundraiser

The Edmund Trust and Eddies

Tel. 01223 883143

deanne.swain@eddies.org.uk

Helen Thurley

Head of Community Services

Eddies

Tel. 01223 883151

helen.thurley@eddies.org.uk

 



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