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Northern partnership helps Delamere students scoop county award

14 February 2018
Northern is using the railway to help Mid Cheshire students learn valuable life skills.
The train operator has joined forces with Petty Pool College to help young adults with learning difficulties develop skills to enhance their independence.

 

The college, based near Delamere, is the official adopter of the village’s station and was recognised at this year’s Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations Awards, taking home the Cheshire West and Chester trophy.

One of the many successful projects carried out by the group was an artwork competition, following which Northern has permanently displayed the winner’s artwork in a waiting shelter.

The latest win for Petty Pool’s students is one of a catalogue of awards won as a result of the work they carry out to brighten Delamere station.

Linda Walker, Work Based Learning Manager at Petty Pool College, said: “The partnership between us, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership and Northern is incredibly important to the development of our students.

“Having the station for students to take care of, allows them to take on more responsibility and see their hard work have a positive outcome.

“We are all extremely proud of the students who look after the station. They have shown great passion and enthusiasm for the work they do and are always very proud of the awards.”

Vicky Cropper, Community and Sustainability Manager for Northern, said: “We are delighted we are able to support the college and promote independent rail use for the students.

“It’s important that rail is accessible for everyone in a community, and the college is doing a fantastic job of teaching the student these crucial skills.”

Sally Buttifant, Partnership Officer for Mid Cheshire CRP, said: “The Petty Pool Students work hard on the gardening at Delamere Station and are so enthusiastic about being station friends. They really make a difference and we hear so much positive feedback from passengers and visitors who appreciate their efforts.”

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