Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting Ltd was delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to our office in Dorset this summer as part of his visit to Poundbury. During his visit His Royal Highness found out about the fostering recruitment programme we are delivering for Dorset Council. The programme involves recruiting people from all walks of life who have a spare bedroom available to provide a safe home for a vulnerable child or young person. His Royal Highness was also shown examples of art and craft activities from our Family Learning Programme, which we deliver for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
At the end of his visit we presented His Royal Highness with a Taunina hand-embroidered teddy bear. Taunina provides full-time employment to women from disadvantaged communities in Africa. Each Taunina bear is one of a kind, individually illustrated and hand-embroidered by a single artist over five to seven days.
Ian Ross, Managing Director, said “We were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to our Poundbury office and brief him about some of our programmes. Our team were really excited to meet him and tell him about their roles. It was a lovely occasion to be part of.”
Whitehead-Ross opened its Dorset office in Poundbury in April 2018. Poundbury is a thriving new urban development on the outskirts of Dorchester, West Dorset. It was designed by the Prince of Wales, who outlined his pioneering ideas in his 1989 book, ‘A Vision of Britain’. Work began in the mid-1990s with the aim of completing development in 2025. On completion this will add approximately 5,000 to the population of Dorchester with 2,000 jobs in the factories, offices and general facilities across the site. Poundbury is made up of Town Houses, Cottages, Shops and Light Industry. Its innovative design allows the combination of Traditional Architecture and Modern Town Planning and boasts a thriving community in which people can work and live in close proximity.