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Paralympian medalist to open new initiative for adults with learning disabilities

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Paralympian Bronze medallist, Jordanne Whiley,will be teaming up with Bromford Support, a leading specialist support provider in Warwickshire, to launch an innovative, new project in Studley providing learning and training for adults with learning disabilities.

'The Hub', within the Studley village hall, is set to throw an official launch party on Thursday 18th October, marking the opening of a unique environment for adults with learning disabilities to explore courses such as cooking, 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 Leamington, 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 Studley Hub will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting by Paralympian Jordanne Whiley, who took bronze in this year's wheelchair tennis. Jordanne will be joined by a host of other VIP guests, councillors, local community groups and customers. Line dancing group 'Deputy Dawgs' will also be showing their art with demonstrations of line dancing, with an extra surprise up their sleeve for those who attend. The day will also include other taster session of the kind of courses the Hub will offer.

Hen Reynolds, Hub Manager for Bromford Support, believes the Hub will become firmly placed at the heart of the community. "Studley's village hall is already thriving with a volunteer led community café and library, 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 are delighted to share this exciting day with Paralympian Jordanne Whiley. We want to build upon the legacy of the Paralympics so people with disabilities are 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 Studley Hub Advisor Trevor Underwood on 01527 854489 or visit

Photo call

All press and invited to attend the event and there will be a number of photo/ interview opportunities, plus plenty going on should you wish to film the event. If you wish to attend, contact Communications Specialist Jarrod Williams on 01902396824, email or tweet @jarrodwilliams