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A COMMUNITY hub for adults with learning disabilities has opened its doors

The Council has developed the Guisborough Central Activity & Wellbeing Hub, which provides everyone who attends with an individually catered wellbeing and activities plan and supports them to take part in indoor and outdoor activities including coffee mornings, swimming, shopping and going out for lunch.

The hub also acts as a meeting place, encouraging attendees to socialise with each other and the wider community.

The building features a wide range of facilities, including a kitchen, sensory room, a ‘changing places’ toilet (spacious and safe, with room for lifting equipment and carers) and two breakout rooms for people to relax in when they need some peace and quiet.

The hub also includes a wide-open garden area containing an allotment, summer house, a potting shed and raised beds for the service users to grow flowers and plants. Inside, there is space for group activities as well as for groups to socialise and meet.

Councillor Mary Ovens, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We’re delighted to open the new Guisborough Central Activity & Wellbeing Hub. The people who attend this hub enjoy every minute of being here, and that’s a testament to its brand new facilities and its loving and patient staff. The Council is committed to supporting people to live longer and healthier lives, and this new activity and wellbeing hub is another step in the right direction.”

The Hub comes as part of a wider programme to modernise day service provision for people with learning disabilities. Services were previously offered at both the High Hill and North Skelton wellbeing centres, but after extensive consultation it was found that activities which could be offered from these locations were limited.

The new hub is located right in the centre of Guisborough, a location which allows the people who visit to easily go on days out and interact with the local community.