Three new services are providing modern community support opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to develop life skills and get involved in other local activities and facilities.
New services at The Elms in Redruth, The Leats in Truro and The Old Magistrates Hall in Camborne replace the Murdoch and Trevithick Day Centre in Redruth, which was in a poor state of repair and no longer able to meet service users’ needs. As well as providing a modern service with new opportunities, the three new services will also mean that people can attend a service close to their home and local community.
Councillor Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Young People, said: “We want everyone in Cornwall to enjoy a good quality of life, so it’s fantastic to have three new services providing support and promoting independence, inclusion and well-being for some of our most vulnerable residents.
“These new services are modelled on our successful modern services in Falmouth, Helston and Newquay, which are popular with people using the services, their parents and carers and are very much a part of their local communities. Because the new services are all close to town centres, people using them will also be able to access and enjoy other local facilities and activities.”
People using the new services had the chance to get involved in choosing the décor, and in some places walls have been deliberately left bare so they can help decide what they should look like. In addition, parents and carers were invited to visit The Elms in Redruth in December so they could see the new environment and similar visits are being encouraged for The Leats and The Old Magistrates Hall in March. There was also a Christmas get together at the Murdoch and Trevithick Centre where everyone could share memories of the good times they had enjoyed at the old centre and look forward to their future at the new services
Comments by people using the new services include:
“I really like being at The Elms. We get to do lots of nice things like cookery and computer work.”
“I like the friendship, the camaraderie, the warmth, the welcome.”
“I like walking round town, like going to the pub, like going different places.”
“I love it, the people, the staff, very friendly as well.”
“I like this place a lot. I love it here. All my friends are here.”
“I like coming here. It’s bigger and you do a lot of things, going out places.”