Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength

The ABLE Day Centre is going from strength to strength, with more people than ever before now using our services.

Enquiries to Centre have increased following the launch of our first website and after we were featured in Richmondshire Today.

Among those who have recently started attending the centre, which is run by Broadacres Housing Association, are 30-year-old Sarah Quin, from Richmond.

Sarah says: “I come once a week and it is the easily the best place I have ever been too. Sarah has added Wednesday to Monday from next week.

“I enjoy arts and crafts and every week I am learning something new and doing something different.

“I have made lots of new friends and I like it so much that I recommended it to two of my friends and they are now coming too.”

One of Sarah’s friends is 30-year-old Dan Bland. When he has his first taster session he told the staff he liked Cheryl Cole, from X-Factor, so when he started coming on a regular basis, the first activity they got him to do was making a calendar using her pictures. He has also recently made his own miniature playing cards with Cheryl’s face on the back.

Lynn Tomkinson, Manager of ABLE, said: “Dan is a good example of how we approach and plan for every person who comes to the centre.

“Everyone gets their first session free because we want them to see if they like us, and also so we can see if they will benefit from the services we provide. At these sessions we really get to know the person so we can plan activities around their hobbies and interests.”

Lynn says since the website went live in the summer, they are now getting more enquiries from families and from social services.

She adds: “I think what stands us apart from other day centres, apart from being very competitively prices, is that welcome everyone to join in the activities whatever their ability level.

“So, for example, we have those with learning disability, physical disability, acquired brain injury, dementia, autism, or Asperger’s all working happily together and communicating in a relaxed and friendly environment.

“This may not work in some settings, but it is perfectly normal here at ABLE and that’s because we believe all members of the community have the right to be treated equally, with no discrimination.

“When people are with us we encourage them to be mannerly and respectful and they respond very well to this.”