The Portcullis Trust was founded in 1980 to raise money to provide additional activities and resources for students at Richmond Adult Community College (RACC).
Today Portcullis raises funds for adult Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LLDD students) at RACC. The college has one of the strongest and best integrated LLDD offers in the UK adult education sector with over 400 students who come to the college for classes and social activities.
We support LLDD activities across the college curriculum and provide funding for the Working Model project, an employment opportunity scheme for adults with learning disabilities.
Since 2013 we have donated over £30,000 to RACC, so that the new studio theatre has access facilities for LLDD students and £12,000 towards LLDD support.
Previous events have included evening talks from Vince Cable, Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE both in conversation with Paddy O’Connell, Dr Peter Dews, a talk from Matthew Taylor the RSA Chief Executive, a Big Band Evening with the Rebel Yell Orchestra, a Companion Cycling Event, a Plant & Cake Sale & Raffle, a talk on The Battle of Waterloo Experience from Peter Snow and a team of five running the Richmond Park Marathon.
Together these have raised over £6500. We have also been a supported charity at the local Waitrose branches.
See our events page for details of this year’s programme.