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Jennyruth Workshops began in a garden shed by Barrie Evason and his son Jonathan who has Down’s Syndrome. They also have four more adopted children with additional needs.

Barrie and his wife, Sue, were passionate about enabling their son and building his skills. They realised there was nothing suitable available to support adults who have learning disabilities and the charity was born.

Jennyruth Workshops, named for their baby daughter Jennifer Ruth who sadly died, opened here in 2004. Built on the strong ethos of ‘family’ the workshops support and encourage everyone to achieve their best and to grow in confidence and independence.

Barrie and Sue were awarded MBEs to acknowledge all they have achieved and the team strive to continue what they began and maintain their legacy.

Barry and Sue Evason
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