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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.

At Centre 81 we provide opportunities and facilities so that our members can try new activities or past activities in different ways, learning and relearning skills that result in achievements. Developing a different mindset can lead to success. Facilitators, members and volunteers will help you 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 and volunteers 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 building a working model railway. Throughout the year members and staff organise themed parties.

Thanks to Centre 81’s fleet of 11 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 a restaurant.

Our trained facilitation staff are assisting you to help you make the most of your day, offering the support you need 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, a 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 lifestory book, reminding them and their families of when times were different. Take a look at what some of them say about their experiences here.

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 wash your hair.

We provide lunch with a choice of starters, main course 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 hoists and an all-singing, all-dancing comfy shower chair. We can help members to access independent counsellors, either accredited with the BACP or students, both with supervised support.

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