Posted 03/05/2012 by Extra Newspapers Online in Local News

Young people get their say

Council ready to help make a key transition

WHAT could become an innovative new approach to supporting young people with disabilities and learning difficulties has taken another step nearer following a Transitions Summit held by the county council.The Northants Advanced Processing Centre (APC), a grain store and processing facility in Kettering, will create a direct link between farmers and end-users in the Midlands, moving farmers from the position of supplier to that of valued partner in the food supply chain.

Within a 25-mile radius of the Northants APC are nine of the country’s leading producers of combinable crop-based products from bread and biscuits to breakfast cereals. Together they use more than 1.25 million tonnes of grain annually and each demands a high-quality product.

The Northants APC will allow these customers to source their raw ingredient needs from the nearby energy efficient store supported by a growing Camgrain membership.

Camgrain was founded in 1983 to enable farmers to store arable crops more efficiently, moving them from the farm to the centres, where they can be processed, preserved and delivered in a professional manner to the food industry. The Northants project has been awarded a £4.39 million grant from the Rural Development Programme for England funded jointly by the European Union and DEFRA. Additional funding has been sourced through HSBC’s Midlands Corporate team, which will provide Camgrain with full support for its expansion programme.

Camgrain chairman John Latham said:  “This development represents a significant investment and will give those farmer-members a secure future. Many farm stores across Great Britain are nearing the end of their useful working life, the Northants APC offers farmers in the region the chance to invest in modern facilities at a lower price than what it would cost to erect a new store on farm.”

The Northants APC will be the fourth store to be operated by Camgrain, the farmer-owned co-operative. Camgrain Stores, the UK’s largest farmer-owned central storage co-operative, has moved its banking facilities to HSBC’s Midlands Corporate team, securing additional funding to finance the development of its new central storage facility in Kettering, Northamptonshire. The new banking facilities provide Camgrain with full support for its expansion programme.

The Northants APC will fit in alongside facilities in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire; creating a network across Central England for processing more than 400,000 tonnes of UK farmers’ grain, pulses and oilseeds annually.


In Short…

It’s vitally important to young people with disabilities to have the support they need to make the transition from childhood to adulthood. A new scheme in Northamptonshire will aim to see them through key stages of their journey to life in the adult world. 

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