ABLE stands for Activity Based Learning Environment
Situated in Colburn, near Catterick, and run by Broadacres, our day centre is open to all adults, including those with learning/ physical disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health issues, dementia and autism. There is no upper age limit and people come to us from across North Yorkshire.
We are more than just a day centre. We also offer one-to-one community support, including respite care; we have two Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs we take into settings such as residential care homes and extra care schemes; we provide dementia awareness training; we have an on-site arts and crafts gallery which is open to the public; we accept commissions for artwork and exhibit our work; and we support local educational establishments in offering work experience to students.
At ABLE our passion is developing and delivering the best positive experiences, not only to those who use the service but also to the multi-disciplinary teams we work alongside
All staff at ABLE are highly trained and have certificates in Health & Social Care, Learning Support, Mental Health and Dementia Awareness.
Additionally, some members of the team have further training in Dementia, Counselling Skills, Management of Health Care Organisations, Further Education Teachers Certificate and Certificate in Education.
We also shouldn’t forget our two dogs that bring so much joy to everyone at the Centre. We have our PAT dog Maisie and the newest member of the team, ‘Apprentice’ PAT dog Milo.
The people who attend our day service refer to themselves as students and we think that’s very apt.
That’s because when they are with us they are learning new things, as well as having lots of fun too.
They play their part in creating a creative, stimulating and friendly environment which provides mental, physical and social wellbeing.
From the time they arrive in a morning, until they leave us at the end of the day, our students take part in a wide variety of fun and stimulating activities.
These activities are planned on individual needs to maximise potential and enjoyment.
Whether its arts and crafts, music, games, reminiscence or social outings, every day is different.
I have been a volunteer at ABLE for a few months and come 2 days a week. I look forward to my visits each week where I join in with the various activities with the students, who are like one big happy family. I think I get as much pleasure out of it as the students do!
I do sports motivation for the group once a week. ABLE has helped me to gain confidence and new skills.
The staff have helped me gain my NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care, also my diversity and equality training. Recently they helped me to update my current CV.
ABLE is an encouraging service which helps promote independence and individual progression in achieving these goals.
What I have learned from the group is that they see the ones who make ABLE for what it is. The staff have always been supportive towards everyone, and for myself it has become home from home.
The service ABLE is providing to our clients with evolving needs is unparalleled in the local area. Support staff are able to connect with people with autism and dementia, where others have given up and thereby continue to enable productive and fulfilling lives.
During my few days on placement with ABLE, I was made to feel very welcome and part of their team. The service they provide is invaluable to the members and this was reflected in their work. ABLE has a family feel environment and you can tell all of the service users enjoy participating in the many varied activities. Staff are knowledgeable and caring. It was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to attend.
ABLE is a forward-thinking service that cares for many different needs thoroughly and with outstanding practice. It is also a support system for individuals’ family members by engaging them within the service and within the clients care that they receive at the setting this ensures a more maximum level of care. Students like myself who attend ABLE for work placement feel very lucky to have been able to work with kind professional and competent staff at the service.
I have always had a positive experience with the team at ABLE who have been accommodating and supportive throughout. When I initially visited ABLE the atmosphere was so welcoming and it was evident the person centred care for the service users was a large focus of their service. The team at ABLE create a warm supportive environment where service users clearly enjoyed the service they provide. I was blown away by some of the activities the team provide and the arts done by service users was a joy to see.
From my first visit to ABLE, I was welcomed by Lynn and her staff team and made to feel totally at ease within such a homely environment where everyone is valued as a unique individual. Lynn and her team offer such a range on interactive resources and activities with a clear focus on developing and promoting creativity which in turn builds up service users confidence, self-esteem and personal, social and emotional skills. The environment is friendly and accommodating.
I look forward to every trip to Able and always stay longer than I should due to the welcome I receive. An amazing place and service!!!