On Tuesday 11th December Linkage, the Lincolnshire-based learning disability charity, was proud to receive HRH The Princess Royal at the Boultham Park Education Centre.
Her Royal Highness attended the site to officially open the Education Centre which is home to Linkage College, Lincolnshire’s only specialist further education college for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
During the two hour visit Her Royal Highness was given the opportunity to see firsthand the how the charity, and the facilities which have been built as part of the Boultham Park Restoration Project, support young people and adults with learning disabilities.
The Boultham Park Restoration Project is a partnership project between Linkage Community Trust and City of Lincoln Council who have been awarded £2.7 million in grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People programme to restore Boultham Park. The Linkage facilities at the site include The Boultham Park Education Centre, Linkage Community Support housing at Rookery Court, the Boultham Park Horticulture Centre and the Boultham Park Café which are also both operated by Linkage
At the Education Centre and Horticulture Centre Princess Anne observed a range of lessons in progress including Lego®-based Therapy, a new approach to teaching and learning which uses Lego as a way to support language development, social skills and numeracy. Her Royal Highness also visited the home of a resident at Rookery Court where people develop their independent living skills whilst still being able to access care services from Linkage.
Throughout the afternoon Her Royal Highness met and spoke with a number of college students and Linkage clients who are supported through Linkage Care Services and Linkage Adult Skills, a day service for people with learning disabilities.
Linkage CEO, Valerie Waby, who showed Her Royal Highness around said: “The Princess Royal seemed to very much enjoy her time speaking with clients, students and staff. She had a genuine in interest in the work we do, as well as an understanding of the issues we face. To hear her say that as a charity we have a model which should be expanded and adopted by others was a particularly proud moment.”