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At ARA, our Charities Committee annually chooses to support and help particular Charities. In 2011 ARA committed to supporting West Drive Residential Home for Autistic Children.

West Drive Residential Home

On the 13th May 2010, 3 members of the ARA Charities Committee visited West Drive Residential Home, Arlesey, Beds.

West Drive is a small residential home for up to 10 young people who suffer from Autism with complex needs.  It has a total of 15 staff who cover a 24-hour period daily.

We were welcomed by Debbie Martin, Senior Care Worker (pictured right with Kieron Rentle and Pete Ogilvie, two members of the ARA Charities Committee), who talked to us about the work of the home and showed us around.  We saw two rooms that needed refurbishment and where we could possibly help.

One room needed decorating, refurbishing and lighting put into it so the young people had somewhere to go and relax and listen to music, in comfortable surroundings.

Outside the main facilities there is a detached building which houses a pool table and other games.  Pete Ogilvie immediately saw an opportunity to assist as well as giving his Engineering Team the opportunity to use and enhance their skills on a community focused project.

We look forward to helping West Drive Residential Home and would like to thank Debbie Martin and her colleagues for their hospitality on our visit.

Sports Traider

One of the organizations supported by ARA is the locally based youth focused charity, Sports Traider. Irrespective of background or means, Sports Traider offers young people the opportunity to get into sport.

Sports Traider sells heavily discounted and used sports equipment making specialist clothing and equipment affordable to young people.  The money raised is channeled back into grass-root sport for children and young people.  Proceeds generated are used to fund coaching, access to facilities and transport.

The Sports Traider shops are also used to provide wider community benefits through training and up skilling of volunteers, creating jobs for young people who cannot find work or are long term unemployed and for disabled or disadvantaged people.

ARA provides support to Sports Traider by carrying out shop maintenance health and safety reviews, health and safety advice and safety equipment. Our Engineering team and Compliance Manager have all provided their knowledge and skill to this worthy cause.

ARA is proud to be a partner of Sports Traider.