Elaine Bain Family Trust welcomes community with interactive open house event 

Date published: 04 July 2024

The Elaine Bain Family Trust (EBFT) hosted a successful open house event, opening its doors to partners, supporters, friends, and interested parties from various local institutions.

Attendees included representatives from local schools, Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale Development Agency, local employers, and industry partners.

Held on Tuesday 25 June, the event offered a unique opportunity for guests to explore EBFT’s facilities and experience firsthand the wide array of services and activities the charity provides. Attendees enjoyed a warm welcome and hospitality as they toured the premises.

One of the highlights of the event was the interactive activities that spanned the entire STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) agenda.

Guests engaged in real-time and virtual reality immersive experiences, showcasing the innovative methods EBFT employs to educate and inspire young minds.

Participation was enthusiastic across all visitors, reflecting the community's strong interest in the charity's mission.

EBFT’s vision is to create a platform for young people from diverse backgrounds, offering them opportunities to participate, learn, and develop their interests with the support of the charity.

During the open house, Alan Maher from Archbold Logistics Ltd. was announced as the winner of the photography challenge, adding a touch of competitive fun to the day.

James Fairhurst, head of contracts at Archbolds Logistics Ltd. said : “It's not every day you see the Mayor of Rochdale getting flying lessons!

“It was an interesting afternoon yesterday supporting our customer Albany Products Ltd with the open house event for their charity, EBFT - Elaine Bain Family Trust.

“A great cause supporting young children in the North West, providing real support to the local community.”

The Mayor, Councillor Shakil Ahmed said: "It was a great visit which left me impressed with the technology on display which would allow young people to experience what it is like to be a pilot or HGV driver.

"The professionalism and enthusiasm of the team is outstanding, what they offer has to be seen to be fully appreciated."

The open house event not only highlighted EBFT's commitment to fostering educational opportunities but also underscored the charity's role in the community, bringing together various stakeholders to support and celebrate its mission.

Steven Downham-Clarke from EBFT said: "Our thanks to all supporters of the event and we look forward to continued partnerships and working with new partners in the near future.

“In addition to the provision of our ‘home from home’ and caring environment facilitating the space for personal development for those in need, the recent investment and changes mean we can also offer skills development opportunities focused on the local economy and future opportunities that will also support learning in school, consideration of future prospects and positive futures.

“In addition to the work and investment, over the last five months we have been working closely with RMBC and several local schools.

"Young people from six new school partners will enjoy taster sessions in mid-July as part of their transition to access EBFT from September.”

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