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A new community service provider has opened its doors in Cowes offering day services and courses for vulnerable adults, as well as giving the opportunity for the wider local community to learn a new skill in wood carving and carpentry.

Green Light IoW is located within the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes and is run by Chris Dobson. Chris is a qualified teacher with over 35 years teaching experience.

For the past 10 years, since his retirement from teaching, Chris has run a social enterprise in Southampton alongside artist wife, Maddy. The courses and day care services have been delivered whilst working with agencies such as Autism Hampshire, Southampton City Council, The Princes Trust and many others.

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The opportunity came to bring the business across the Solent to Cowes where Chris and Island-born Maddy now live.

Although all projects will be client led, Green Light is looking at specialising in the marine industry. There will also be weekly sessions for children who are home educated to work with their maths, science and design skills in a practical way.

The community will be able to join a carving club where they will be taught all the basic of wood carving and work on such projects as New England whales. Theses will be suitable for all abilities from total beginners to those with experience.

Chris has said:

“Working with the team of volunteers and management of the Classic Boat Museum has been wonderful and it has been agreed that Green Light is a great edition to the Museum”.

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The official launch of Green Light is on 12th October 2018 between 14:00-16:00. Refreshments and cake will be on offer and visitors will be able to discover what Green Light has to offer.

For more information visit www.greenlightiow.btck.co.uk or email [email protected].

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