Along with the construction of new roads and cycle paths, investing in business mentoring schemes, and funding improvements to parks and recreation areas, Hinkley Point C is helping local charities and organisations support those in need, bring people together and create diverse vibrant communities.
With its £4,783 funding from the HPC Community Fund, Rusty Road 2 Recovery (RR2R) is a new social enterprise that supports people with mental health issues, bringing them together to restore classic British vehicles, and take part in airbrush therapy.
“It’s still very much in its infancy,” said Helen Whittaker, Airbrush Recovery Councillor. “But already it’s helping end isolation, and putting people on the road to recovery by giving them the support they need.”
RR2R has been a lifeline for one project participant, who lives with depression and shut himself away after losing his job last year. He’s now back at work, thanks to the project, which helped him reconnect with old friends, and brought out his creative side too.
“It gives you something to look forward to and keeps you in touch with real life. It also reminded me of my creativity and what I’m capable of,” he said.
After years of being imprisoned at home by mental and physical health issues, Jess Enisto has made new friends and gained the confidence to team up with a partner to sell their artwork.
“Before RR2R, that would never have happened,” she said. “It literally has been the road to recovery for me. I’ve made friends, and having this support has helped me start to heal. The future is hugely better for me. I no longer feel alone and I don’t feel guilty for weighing on family and friends,” Jess added.