For nearly 35 years, Colchester Community Workshops (CCW) has operated as a not-for-profit organization and social enterprise providing excellent professional development, educational, social and training programs for clients with intellectual disabilities. Rotary House opened in 2005 and has served as CCW's headquarters. It was designed to accommodate 60 clients and operate seven programs. Since that time, we have grown. We currently support 80 clients, 10 in-house programs, 11 instructors, seven utility works and five administrative roles.
“CCW provides the atmosphere, support and encouragement required for participants to realize their dreams.”
— Wayne Talbot, community supporter
CCW’s valued work in the community includes ribbon making (over 280 orders per year), button making (87,500 per year), mail out contracts, community employment, New-To-You store and rag sales. It’s an environmentally-friendly example for all citizens having recycled and diverted close to 230 tons of materials from the bale fill in 2018. The organization is funded by our operations and fundraisers (62%), and also by the provincial government (38%).
Recognizing the value CCW brings to the county, the Colchester Community Workshop Foundation's goal is to financially support CCW to grow responsibly and be better placed to serve the entire community into the future. The CCW Foundation needs the assistance of our local community and broader corporate sector to help achieve our goals. A large building on property adjacent to Rotary House has been purchased (Hallidays property). Structural and environmental issues have been resolved with functional and foreword looking plans developed. This $2.2 million initial phase of the $4.5 million project has been fully funded through the CCW Foundation.
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