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£2.5m unit for Accrington's disabled people
A NEW £2.5million resource centre for disabled people has been opened in Accrington.
Hyndburn district adult disability day services are now based on the site of the former Enfield day centre.
The county council said the modernised service will support people with learning and physical disabilities and people who have a sensory impairment.
County Council leader Mike Calvert said: “The move from the old resource centre in Nelson Street to the newly refurbished building is part of a £17.5m countywide investment to provide day services for disabled people in up-to-date buildings with a wide range of accessible facilities.
“We have invested £2.5m in the new service in Hyndburn to ensure it provides excellent facilities including: a kitchen and life-skills area with split-level worktops and hobs; computer equipment; an interactive sensory room; an accessible bathroom; courtyards and landscaped gardens.
“This means that people with complex needs and severe long-term disabilities will receive high-quality help and support together with good access to other resources within their local community.”
All the staff who worked at the Nelson Street centre were given the chance to transfer to the new service. The centre also offers a specialised rehab service for people who have suffered from a life-changing event such as a stroke, accident or brain injury. It will help people regain their life skills and deal with the emotional and practical consequences of the trauma.
Lancashire County Council’s director of personal social care, Olive Carroll, said: “We have worked closely with the people we support and their families throughout the project, and everyone involved has been looking forward to transferring to the refurbished building.”
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