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The competition marks 40 years of Altro Whiterock, celebrating local communities and helping to make 2022 brighter by giving them something for nothing. Altro customers were asked to nominate projects that they felt would benefit from a free installation, and the winner was selected from by a panel of judges. Ability Dogs 4 Young People is an Isle of Wight charity that trains assistance dogs to enhance the independence of disabled young people and children living locally. The dogs are trained to help with physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes and epilepsy.
As well as helping with practical tasks such as picking up items, opening doors, helping dress and undress, crossing the road, the trained ability dogs help increase disabled young people's wellbeing, confidence, and self-esteem, enabling them to go on to further education or gain employment without needing full-time carers. In addition, having a jacketed ability dog by their side means that more people feel able to come and talk to them, thereby increasing their general social interaction.
The Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) wall will be installed in the charity’s new training centre, which has recently been completely refurbished with new carpets and safety flooring. The design of the floor includes a road with a zebra crossing, a curb and a grass verge all created from safety vinyl that is used for training the Ability Dogs.
Carol Court, CEO and Founder said “We are thrilled to have won. The wall panels will be an amazing way of finishing the centre off completely as we have a huge, boring white wall which we need to brighten up for our disabled youngsters and ability dogs who come to our Training Centre.”
The prize installation will be completed by the Altro Technical Services team – so watch this space for news and photos of the finished look.