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Date: 31/01/2017

Disadvantaged young people working on a specialist farm in Whitbourne are being supported by county law firm mfg Solicitors.

Partners at the legal firm are contributing £1,000 to help upgrade facilities and equipment at Longlands, a charity that provides experience and work to young people who struggle in formal education.
The Whitbourne-based farm helps teenagers who need support in social, mainstream education and employment environments, as well as gaining skills for learning on a working farm and having the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications.
Kirsten Bridgewater, partner at mfg Solicitors, said: “Longlands is exactly the type of charity we want to support as they do so much for young people from in and around the county.
“It’s a small charity, it’s local and we can see just how much of a difference our funding will make to young people as they access vital qualifications and experience.”
Mfg’s funding will enable them to buy cooking equipment and their own set of communication radios so staff and volunteers can stay in contact whilst working with the teenagers over the 300-acre site.
Julia Evans, chief executive of Longlands, said: “We are delighted to have received such generous funding and are very grateful for the ongoing support of mfg.
“This donation will make a big difference to the young people who rely on us to help get them on the road to a prosperous and fulfilling life.”
Longlands accepts young people aged 13 to 19 who are not in education or employment, or who are at risk of entering the youth or criminal justice system.
Iain Morrison, partner and head of mfg’s agriculture and rural affairs division, is a long-term trustee of the charity.