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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.

When the Covid 19 pandemic came we knew we had to do something for all our members.  So we adapted and with the help of our dedicated staff we set up and have continued to set up as many services as we can.  These include:

  • A dedicated telephone support service for members to chat, ask questions or share their concerns.  Anyone can join the service to be ‘budded up’ with a member of staff, who will arrange to call them on a regular basis.  Or members can phone as and when they need us.
  • Community visits to members all arranged with them, risk assessed and within current Covid restrictions.  This could be a garden visit to have a natter, a walk to enjoy some time out, going shopping or even out to a local attraction.
  • Bubbles, Red, Blue and Yellow.  These new dedicated closed zones match members and staff to create mini family areas to continue to deliver our unique service.  Members and staff from different Bubbles are not allowed to mix.   This does not stop us from assisting our members to make the most of their days and give them the support they need to be as independent as possible.
  • Centre 81 Online.  Like many other organisations we have worked hard to use IT to bring our members together.  We have tablets in all our Bubbles and out with members who are not able to join us in our Centre at the current time.  Members can log in during the day and chat with their friends in other Bubbles or at home.  We have been able to host bingo, quizzes and Halloween and Christmas parties so far, but members and staff are looking forward to seeing what else can be achieved.

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 will do our utmost to make it happen.  This has not changed we just have to keep within current Covid 19 restrictions.

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 your hair.

We provide lunch with a choice of main course and desserts.  Also available are a choice of light bites including soup, sandwiches or jacket potatoes with various fillings.  Throughout the day hot and cold drinks are always available.

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