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Skills & Activities

Centre 81’s ethos is Ability Not Disability. Our Skills & Activities Centre provides opportunities for members to challenge themselves, and the widely held negative perceptions about disabled people.

We provide opportunities and facilities so that our members can try new activities or experience past activities in different ways, learning and relearning skills and achieving great results in the process.

Facilitators and volunteers help our members to think about things from a different perspective. Whether a person’s goal in life is to learn how to swim, cook, sail or be involved in amateur dramatics, our fantastic staff will help them every step of the way.

Our members enjoy activities at the centre like painting, cooking, crafts, drama, singing, using social media and even building a working model railway. And throughout the year members and staff organise themed parties.

Thanks to Centre 81’s fleet of 9 fully accessible minibuses and team of helpful drivers, members can also make the most of being part of their local community, getting out and about to do things like ten-pin bowling, sailing, shopping, bingo and going to a pub, theatre or restaurant.

Our trained facilitation staff help and encourage people to make the most of their day, offering the support needed to be as independent as possible.

Members have a big say in Centre 81’s activities and often help to organise them. If they have an idea for a new activity, skill or outing we’ll do our utmost to make it happen.

Here’s a flavour of what our members do, in groups or as individuals: Art • Archery • Bingo • Bowling • Computers • Cooking • Crafts • Drama • Fundraising • Gardening • Karaoke • Photography • Pub visits • Sailing • Scrapbooks • Shopping • Singing • Social media • Sports • Swimming • Tracing your ancestors • Visiting attractions • Wii games.

Some members like to compile a life story book, reminding them and their families of when times were different. Take a look at what some of them say about their experiences on the Members’ Stories page.

The Skills & Activities Centre is a truly person-centred experience. We offer a personal pampering service, ensuring that members get the time they need to enjoy the things that so many of us take for granted – having a manicure, time to soak in the bath, taking a shower or washing their hair.

We provide lunch with a choice of main courses and desserts. Also available are a choice of light bites, including soup, a sandwich or jacket potato with various fillings.  Throughout the day hot and cold drinks are available from the snack bar.

Members have access to specialist equipment including top-of-the range hoists, and we can help them to access independent counsellors, either accredited with the BACP or students, both with supervised support.

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