My View, Bobbie Roberts - Make Most of What We’ve Got

Bobbie Roberts, chair of Doncaster Deaf Trust, with one of the Christmas boxes donated for the Samaritans Purse Appeal.

Bobbie Roberts, chair of Doncaster Deaf Trust, with one of the Christmas boxes donated for the Samaritans Purse Appeal.

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Our students and pupils are now finishing the academic year and can go home and enjoy their summer holiday, but rest assured the Deaf Trust building will be far from empty.

As we plan to celebrate our 185th anniversary in October we also celebrate the fact that as a registered charity we have learned to make the most of what we’ve got and hire out our fantastic building to allow others to use the space to run community, social, business and holistic events.

So this summer our Little Learners Day Nursery will remain a hive of activity as normal and our care home will continue to be home to a number of young people.

In addition to this our sports hall will be hired by outside organisations for a wide range of activities and groups such as Slimming World, school and college proms, Aurora balls, police balls, traction rallies, vintage cars, caravan clubs, Lions events, family history and reunions.

And the Holy Trinity will continue to use our space as a meeting place for their groups and congregation.

Regular exercise classes ranging from Pilates to Zumba will take place on a weekly basis and our Eastfield Restaurant has a number of bookings – from retirements and birthdays to anniversaries and christenings.

Our main function is to provide specialist education for people who have a range of communication difficulties, those who are deaf, hard of hearing or are on the autistic spectrum.

To enable us to deliver this in the best possible way, we make the most of our space.

Our room hire, events and conference facilities have grown over the past few years, benefiting the people of Doncaster and drawing others to the town.

Doncaster has some fantastic buildings with the Mansion House, Brodsworth Hall and Cusworth Hall to name a few.

We’ve got great facilities at the Dome, Keepmoat Stadium, and racecourse.

With such a great range of buildings and facilities there really is no reason for Doncaster groups and businesses to look outside the borough for space.

We need to work together to ensure we are making the most of what we’ve got to offer.

The town has lots going for it and it is time that we all worked together to show this.

So while school’s out for summer, our building will still be buzzing with activity thanks to the relationships we’ve built with local groups and businesses and we’ll just have time to draw breath before the new academic year starts and we begin our 185th celebrations.

* Bobbie Roberts, chair of trustee, Doncaster Deaf Trust

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