Chunk opens Lifeskills & Training Centre

Former Edinburgh and Scotland Rugby player Allan “Chunk” Jacobsen recently opened the new Wooden Spoon Lifeskills & Training Centre, within the premises of STRiVE in Trenant, East Lothian, together with members from Wooden Spoon Scotland and STRiVE.

The £18,000 grant from Wooden Spoon Scotland has transformed some basic meeting room facilities into a multi purpose room with a fully equipped kitchen, computers and smart screen.

Centre users are aged 12-25 years old from a variety of community, volunteer and project groups who are not in mainstream education. They can now participate in local life skills courses preparing them for the next stages in life – ranging from food preparation and cooking classes to First Aid, CV writing and music. Previously without the centre many would have needed to travel up to two hours to reach an equivalent centre.

While at the STRiVE base, Allan Jacobsen met with staff and young people who use the service and said: “I think it is great to see the work that Wooden Spoon Scotland and STRiVE do to help young people as everyone deserves opportunities in life.”

Allan “Chunk” Jacobsen meets young people and staff at the centre.

Elliot Stark, the chief executive of STRiVE, said: “This funding from Wooden Spoon Scotland to help with our facilities will really help us to offer more and more people from Tranent and the rest of the county a quality service and to have Chunk here to meet some of our young people was just the icing on the cake.”

STRiVE is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) for East Lothian, who provide support, learning and development opportunities for both individuals and organisations through volunteering, organisational support, youth, adventure and wellbeing teams.