Adults supported by Linkage given tour of the Campus for Future Living
Posted Thursday 19 September 2023
People supported by Linkage in Mablethorpe were given a tour of the Campus for Future Living construction site to see the work up close.
The adults who attend Linkage Choices as well as clients who live at Linkage houses in Mablethorpe, were hosted by Lindum Group, East Lindsey District Council's contractor for the Campus.
Linkage is a charity which supports people with learning disabilities across Lincolnshire by delivering specialist education, care, day services, employability support and much more.
After an introduction at the Lindum site cabin, the group were then shown around the construction site and saw machinery used for the build.
Site manager Conrad Cousins showed them the main Campus building, the accommodation block as well as answering questions about the telehandler vehicles on site. The group also chatted to the workers who were happy to answer their questions.
One Linkage client said: "It was nice to look around and there were nice people who showed us around."
Another client said: "Very nice, it was good. The builder let us go in the tractor."
Other comments included: "I looked around, I like it, there were lots of people, like building my Lego houses" and "It was very interesting to look around the building."
Work to the Town Deal funded Campus on Stanley Avenue started in February and Lindum are scheduled to handover the site back to the Council next year.
The £8.6m Campus, supported by the Connected Coast Board, offers significant potential to improve the health and wellbeing for residents in Mablethorpe, the Lincolnshire coast and wider East Lindsey. For the first time, Mablethorpe will be at the forefront of medical innovation, training, research and development.
Cllr William Gray, the Political Lead for the Campus for Future Living at East Lindsey District Council, said: "It was so lovely to welcome Linkage to this tour. The group were all so pleased to see the construction up close and meet the Lindum team, especially as many have watched the site eagerly from the very start of construction.
"They were all so enthusiastic and excited for the Campus, asking lots of questions about the work, the facility and the machinery on site.
"They all want to come back to see the Campus when it is finished and I look forward to them returning so they can see the final result for themselves.
"It was a very special visit, which I will remember for a long time. Thank you to the team at Lindum for making the visit such an exciting event for the adults supported by Linkage."
Emma Wardell, Social Value Lead from Lindum Group, said "As residents of Stanley Avenue, Linkage's clients are a key part of the community that it's been wonderful to engage with.
"We were delighted to host this site visit to introduce our team and explain how the two buildings are being constructed.
"We look forward to seeing the group again next Spring to show them around the finished buildings. As part of our Social Value contribution on this flagship scheme for Mablethorpe, we are also visiting local schools to talk about the project and raise awareness of the variety of careers in construction."