Worklink service users on crest of a wave

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A piece of artwork that will be seen by thousands of people as they head to the coast this summer has been created by a group of adults with learning disabilities.

The model of a fishing boat sat on a raised bed of white stone with images of sea creatures in blue glass chippings can be seen on the roundabout on the A614 at Carnaby and was designed by the people of Worklink.

Last year, Worklink, which is run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and provides employment training in horticulture, woodwork, catering and hospitality for adults with learning disabilities, were asked by the council’s streetscene service to make a wooden boat for the roundabout as part of their four-year programme designed to improve key routes into towns and tourist areas.

The group from Worklink, based in Cottingham, decided to base their design on a similar project they had worked on when they built a replica of the Syntan barge that is now opposite the end of Beverley Beck.

Work started on the project in September with service users being involved in the project from the design stage through to completion.

To enhance the roundabout, grass is soon to be laid around the perimeter and four raised beds will be created which will be filled with a mixture of perennial plants which will provide a colourful display all year round.

Councillor Richard Harrap, portfolio holder for adult and carer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It is great to imagine the sense of achievement and pride felt by the Worklink team in seeing their skills displayed in such a way.”

Kevin Holder, team leader at Worklink, said; “We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase a quality product that has been made by Worklink service users in such a prominent position on the A614.

“Thousands of people will pass it on their way through to costal towns and it is certainly an eye-catching landmark.”


Councillor Richard Harrap, second right, and Debbie Pratt, left, senior employment officer at Worklink, with some of the service users involved in the project.