Ian Austin

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DUDLEY MP IAN AUSTIN BACKS BEACON CENTRE'S FABLAB

Dudley North MP Ian Austin took time out to help celebrate the first anniversary of the Beacon Centre for the Blind's "FabLab".

The lab provides those who are blind or living with a visual-impairment the opportunity to develop new skills.

It helps people with sight loss to learn state of the art digital and design skills to help their confidence and find employment.

Trainees are able to learn about 2D graphic design and 3D modelling, printing methods, laser cutting, and engraving.

Any income from sales of products manufactured in the Fab Lab are pumped back into the charity. You can read more about the Fab Lab here: https://www.beaconvision.org/fab-lab/

Austin caught up with Lisa Cowley, the centre's Chief Executive and former Goodyear worker Cyril Barrett, who runs the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund which has donated a huge amount to good causes in the Black Country.

Ian Austin said:

“The Fab Lab is a brilliant initiative to help those who are blind or visually impaired get the skills and confidence they need.

"Cyril is a great man - he and his former colleagues from the old Goodyear Plant have donated a huge amount to good causes in the Black Country.

"They use money from the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund to help local charities."

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