A bakery is to be set up by a charity for adults with learning difficulties, in the hope to help workers gain valuable skills.Pontefract Family Centre, West Yorkshire is setting up the scheme after receiving over £5,000 in funding from a grants programme.The Coalfields Community Grant and Barclays bank has funded the bakery, which hopes to help people with learning difficulties gain experience in the workplace. The centre will be supported by a professional baker and assistants, and the bakery will sell its range in Pontefract market on Wednesday and Saturday under the brand name Real Bread Company.Simon North, support worker at the centre said: “We are hoping it will help the attendees of the centre learn new skills like customer interaction, bakery, health and safety. A lot of them have a hard time finding work so this scheme should give people the experience they deserve.“We aim to help our attendees become more independent, and get them out into the community, so this is a great way to do that.”John Hughes, chairman of the centre said: “The first step is to get the artisan bakery up and running to encourage people to come along and taste our delicious products.“There will be everything from freshly baked breads, to cakes, scones and pastries, which we will be selling at the market.“We will then move on to plans which include the opening of a cafe, again to be staffed by those attending the centre.“We have very exciting and ambitious plans for the centre and can’t wait to get to start.”Profits raised from the new cafe would be used to fund the charity, which at the moment relies on government funding and charitable donations.
Indianapolis, In. — In recent years, there has been a shortage of firefighters in the state. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, the number of volunteer firefighters has fallen by 12 percent nationally over the last three decades. To reverse this trend, I proposed legislation to focus on recruiting and retaining qualified firefighters in Indiana.Across the state, departments are struggling to fill their rosters with high-performing firefighters that can meet the physical and mental demands of the job. Some fire departments, especially those located in our state’s border counties, are currently drawing from small applicant pools due to restrictions that only allow them to hire firefighters from their county or neighboring counties.I authored a bill to lift this restriction and allow fire departments to hire any capable firefighters who reside within a 50-mile radius of the city, town or township their department serves. This would allow fire departments that border other states to recruit across state lines. Our goal is to help departments better serve Hoosier communities, and protect current firefighters from working excessive overtime hours, which can take a toll on themselves and their families.Hoosier fire departments and communities rely a great deal on volunteer firefighters to reinforce their ranks and provide additional support and protection when on a dangerous call. In an effort to bolster low volunteer numbers, I authored another bill that would establish the Ivy Tech Public Safety Scholarship. This scholarship would provide tuition for public safety officers wanting to gain an associate degree or certificate program offered at Ivy Tech Community College. The scholarship would be fully funded by Ivy Tech and cover up to two years of tuition.For the first two years of the program, the scholarship would only be available to active volunteer firefighters. After July 2021, the program would open up to all emergency responders such as full-time firefighters, police officers, paramedics and EMTs. With this scholarship, active public safety officers could continue their education and obtain valuable skillsets like information technology support, medical assisting and business administration.As a former firefighter, I understand the motivation and qualifications needed to succeed in this career. These pieces of legislation would give both volunteer and full-time fire departments the tools to attract prospective recruits and retain current ones. If you have any questions or input on issues being debate at the Statehouse, contact me at 317-234-9450 or [email protected]
Robert D. Wright, 93, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.Born on November 5, 1926 in Greensburg, he was the son of Calvin and Pearl (Buchanan) Wright.Robert joined the Army and served during WWII from 1945 until 1946. He worked for 40+ years at Bohn Aluminum before retirement. After retiring, Robert worked as a greeter a Wal-Mart for 12 years.He was a member of the Bethel Apostolic Church in Greensburg for over 60 years and was also an elder at the church for over 40 years.Robert was married to Nova E. Spears on November 18, 1950 and she preceded him in death on January 25, 2016.Robert is survived by two sons; Roger Wright, Columbus, David Wright, Greensburg, daughter; Donna Spears, Ohio, one sister; Ruby Dumont, Canada, three grandsons; Gabriel (Jaimie), Zachary, and Abram Wright, granddaughter, Ashley (Jacob) Amberger, and 6 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters, and his grandson; Jeff Wright.Private graveside services will be held for the immediate family at Layton Cemetery with Rev. Todd Smith officiating.Memorials can be made in Robert’s honor to the Bethel Apostolic Church through Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home.