Skills trainer Grant braves mud with 11 endurance challenges

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01 May 2015
by Neil Skinner

A Framework skills trainer has launched himself into a gruelling series of endurance challenges – to raise awareness of his work with homeless and vulnerable people.

Super-fit former RAF serviceman Grant Lawrie teaches vital life skills that allow homeless people to live independently in the community. The 41 year old, who breezed through a gentle warm-up at the Lincoln 10k in March, will throw himself into the first of a series of ten Tough Mudder challenges tomorrow. (Saturday, May 2).

Tough Mudder challenges combine endurance running with military style obstacle courses, and are considered one of the ultimate tests of physical and mental toughness.

Grant, who works with Framework service users in Lincoln, explained: “After leaving a career in the RAF after 23 years, I was keen to find employment within the Third Sector. Ultimately I wanted to give something back to the community; my way of saying thank you for all the RAF had done for me. I was extremely fortunate to find that Framework was looking for tutors within the Lincolnshire area and even more fortunate to land a job.

“Undoubtedly, the challenges I will face competing in these events does not even scratch the surface of the difficulties vulnerable and homeless adults face from within our community. By raising awareness and hopefully a little bit of funding to support our clients will begin to make a difference towards building a stronger, equal and more unified community.

“I can honestly say that I have found a new home within Framework and enjoy supporting our clients towards building their future independent living aspirations and without the support of the general public this would not be possible.”

Grant is employed as a support worker with Framework’s Skills for Independence programme, an educational course designed to support vulnerable adults.

Delivered in 18 training modules the course focusses on three main areas: home and housing, financial management and personal development. By successfully completing the S4i programme, clients have an increased capability and confidence to live fully independently and socially include within their community.

Furthermore, the transferrable skills they will develop on the course can also support their ability to obtain future employment.

Sponsor Grant at www.virginmoneygiving.com/teamframework.

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