Members of a Richmondshire charity and social enterprise take part in The Big Swim Challenge

Members of a Richmondshire charity and social enterprise are taking part in The Big Swim Challenge to raise money for a new build.

Just the Job is a charity and social enterprise that empowers adults with life challenges to reach their potential, recognising their abilities rather than their disabilities.

Team member Emma Williamson, swam over 2 miles at Richmond swimming pool and raised over £300 in the first swim on Sunday 7th July, 2019.

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The second swim is the Windermere One Way #WOW taking place on Sunday 1 September, 2019 in England’s largest lake.

Occupational Therapist, Clare Atkinson will be tackling the epic open water 11-mile swim between Fell Foot Park at the southern end of Windermere to the northern tip of the lake at Brathay Hall.

Occupational Therapist Clare Atkinson

Alan Richardson, a work team member, will be swimming 5km in Richmond pool on Sunday 15 September, 2019 for the third swim.

Work team member Alan Richardson

For anyone wishing to follow or make a donation to any of the swimming events, links can be found on their website and on their Facebook page

Just the Job’s objectives are to provide an array of experiences for work team members including work-based skills, training in a supported setting, personal and group learning and social events.

Established in 2005, Just the Job have rapidly filled their present accommodation, currently spread over four locations throughout Richmondshire and all on a short term lease.

Planning permission has been granted for a new all-in-one site facility to be built,  supported by Zetland Estates and with the benefit of a 50-year lease.

The project hopes to incorporate specialist rooms for activities, fully accessible toilets with changing equipment, multi-use outdoor areas and a horticultural project.

The new facilities will allow Just the Job to broaden their provision, supporting more individuals from the local community as well as increasing the opportunity for joint work with other local projects and local schools.

The new build will be a ‘Big Green Build’ a pioneering project for the local area, incorporating solar panels, green roof, reed bed water filtration, timber frame construction and straw bale insulation.

£500,000 of private funding needs to be raised to fulfil this project.

Just The Job can be contacted at: 30 Racecourse Road, Gallowfields Trading Estate, Richmond DL10 4TG.  Telephone: 01748 822 815.