Recycling trip inspires green thinking in Leamington.
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Customers of Bromford Support, who offer specialist support to adults with learning disabilities, have donned their green caps to try and clean up their local area and encourage people to start recycling.
Users of ‘The Hub’ from Bromford Support, which provides a place for adults with learning disabilities to meet, have fun, gain qualifications and enhance skills, decided they wanted to make a difference in their community and so arranged their own tour of the princes Drive recycling centre.
Jason Harris, a Bromford customer and employee of the local recycling centre, has been attending Bromford’s weekly “Friendship and coffee mornings” looking to make friends after he had finished his morning shift at the recycling centre. After chatting to Bromford Support Worker Laura Hill, Jason decided to arrange the trip to show his new friends how recycling works and what he does for a living. Jason started as a volunteer at the recycling before gaining a part time position working 5 days a week.
The group used the opportunity to visit the site and learn about the importance of recycling and waste. Isobel Gardner, a customer at the Hub, said ‘I learnt that recycling correctly helps to save money which can put back into the community. I think we all enjoyed the visit and we learnt lots’.
Support Worker Laura Hill said the Hub’s users were inspired by what they saw and have arranged a litter pick in the local area to help keep Leamington ‘green’. She said, ‘The group are looking at ways to ensure our community is a clean and safe place for them to live in. At the Hub they have been given the chance to make friends and come together with these great ideas which encourages independence and self worth’
The Hubs are a partnership between Bromford Support and Warwickshire County Council, with venues in Studley, Stratford and Atherstone. The Hubs aim to provide an exciting replacement to the county's previous day-centre model.
Laura added, ‘The Hub is a friendly and safe place for individuals with learning disabilities to access support and information available in their local area, our aim is to offer choice and open new doors, changing attitudes towards people with Learning Disabilities’.
The Hub is now open anyone with learning disabilities to attend and can be used between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, with Hub Advisors on site to lend a hand during those times. To find our more information on courses available or to run your own session at the Hub, phone Leamington Hub Advisor Donna Davies on 07436800954 or visit www.bromford.co.uk.