Video report: How Rehoboth was built … JAC gets more than a little help from its friends

Local leaders have been quick to praise and help JAC (Just Around The Corner) as it builds Rehoboth.

The equine assisted learning centre has been constructed over the past 12 months in Forest Road, Wokingham and will enable JAC to develop its work with disadvantaged young people.

The charity aims to provide a safe environment for them to talk about and work through a wide range of issues including home and family life, school, peer and relationship challenges.

The on-site centre will see the youngsters take part in a special progrmame that sees them develop skills and self-confidence through working with horses.

Other purpose built areas of the centre will see the youngsters take part in arts and crafts activities or playing indoor games such as table tennis and table football.

It has been built mostly through volunteer labour and the fundraising efforts have been boosted with support from local businesses and churches.

Mark Ashwell, the managing director of TradeMark Windows in Wokingham, donated windows to Rehoboth’s buildings.

He said: “I’ve been involved since the concept really. I promised when they built this they could have the windows. They rung up and said ‘we’re building it, can we have the windows?’ I’m very proud to be part of this project.”

Local leaders are also delighted with what JAC’s projects do.

Woodley Town Mayor Cllr Bill Soane said: “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to have this facility in the area of Wokingham and come here and ride.”

Cllr Martin Bishop, Wokingham’s Town Mayor, said: “I’m very pleased to be here today. They help young people to build their confidence and it’s a very simple and a very great idea.”

Building Rehoboth has been a massive undertaking, both financially and with volunteer manpower. JAC’s director Sam Milligan revealed that the charity is looking for donations so that the charity’s work among young people can continue.

“We’ve taken money out of the reserves which we have to give back. We’re probably looking at [needing] £25,000-£30,000 but we’re confident that we will get there and push on.”

Sam welcomes your donations, “on a regular basis or a monthly basis or a one-off basis”.

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Last modified on Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:42