Bromford launch innovative new support service in Leamington
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Bromford Support, a leading specialist support provider in Warwickshire, have teamed up with Warwickshire County Council to launch an innovative, new project in Leamington providing learning and training for adults with learning disabilities.
'The Hub', within the Leamington town hall, is set to throw an official launch party on Monday 15th October, marking the opening of a unique environment for adults with learning disabilities to explore courses such as fire safety, jobs skills and computing. The hub will also provide drop-in style face-to-face support for local people and offer community groups a great place to host their own activities.
The initiative will see a partnership between Bromford Support and Warwickshire County Council to manage Hubs across the county, including Hubs in Studley, Stratford and Atherstone. The Hubs will also provide an exciting replacement to the county's previous day centre model.
The new 'Hubs' will mean customers will have more tailored support, choosing their own activities and achieving qualifications rather than simply attending a day centre and taking part in set activities. The Hubs will also provide a community focal point providing neighbourhood groups, agencies and public services, such as the neighbourhood police team, access to the local people who need their support and advice the most. Local PCSOs will even run personal safety awareness courses for those who feel at risk.
The Leamington Hub will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting by Councillor Jose Crompton of Warwickshire County Council. Jose will be joined by a host of other VIP guests, councillors, local community groups and customers, including David Taylor, Safe Places Champion and former chair of the learning disability partnership, who suffers with a learning disability himself. Creative studies will be running collage and crafts demonstrations with customers, while 'Swan School' will be getting everyone stuck in to a session of Tai Chi. The day will also include other taster session of the kind of courses the Hub will offer, and Starbucks will be providing free tea and coffee throughout the event.
Hen Reynolds, Hub Manager for Bromford Support, believes the Hub will become firmly placed at the heart of the community. "Leamington's town centre is already thriving with a so much for the community, and now the Hub will add to that buzz of activity by providing a supportive resource for local individuals who are often overlooked.
"The Hub is a very innovative project, a new direction for adult support which puts increased emphasis on giving people the opportunity to live independently."
Hen believes the Hub's main objective is to 'change people's lives' by providing fun and engaging activities. She added, "The open day will be a fantastic way to mark the beginning of the journey, and hopefully a long working relationship with Warwickshire County Council."
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care at Warwickshire County Council, said: "We want people to be able to develop and achieve in all areas of their lives. The hubs are an important part of providing a wider range of opportunities and ensuring that whatever the range of abilities the customer has, their needs will be catered for."
The Hub is now open for customers 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.