The Story so far….
The Making of our new Centre
In the spring of 2015, our Trustees approached South Dorset Community Sports Trust to look at the possibility of renting some space at the back of Osprey Leisure Centre in Castletown. We wanted to create a space whereby groups or individuals can meet in a healthy environment, to learn, enjoy leisure and enjoy the environment.
We were met with great enthusiasm from the Board and during the following months their support and commitment to us in making this happen was evident.
It was clear from the start that a great deal of funding would be required in order to turn it into a fully accessible place for learning, leisure and enjoyment. We received funding from other charities, organisations and private donations and work began in earnest in December 2015.
Our team of first class local builders worked tirelessly to get it right. Regular site visits took place by potential users of the space and an excellent working relationship was established. Step by step our new centre started to appear. We received a grant from The Morrisons Foundation and by March 2016 work was completed. We now have a wonderful fully accessible facility with a fully fitted contemporary kitchen/dining area as well as light and airy activity room, office and cloakrooms.
The following year, we were able to install a quiet area/meeting room thanks to funding we received by the Valentine Trust.
In December 2018 we acquired a new lease giving us much needed additional space for our centre. Structural work began to utilise some of the area and after 3 months hard work, we now have a fully functional art studio and dry craft room as well as a small kitchen.
We still have a lot to do to make our centre fully accessible and we are working very hard on this, so watch this space!
Movie: The Making of our New Centre
The Mayors Festival
The Mayor of The Isle of Portland, Sue Cocking has nominated Opportunities R Un Limited as her chosen charity for the term of her office. We are delighted to tell you Jane, one of our Charity’s Trustees has been appointed as the Mayors representative.
In August 2019, the Mayor hosted a Music Festival, which was opened by Richard Drax MP. The event was very well attended by the local community and clients from local day services, baked cakes, held stalls, served afternoon tea and performed to the public. The sun shone throughout and we had a fantastic day resulting in £ 2131.59 being raised towards the next development phase of our Centre.