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Disabled social club in Worcester receives grant

30th September 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

A social club in Worcester that supports disabled people living in sheltered housing has received a grant worth over £10,000. 

The club offers people who are normally restricted to mobility aids and indoor stairlifts within the home, the opportunity to enjoy such independence outside of the home, where they can meet and talk with people in the same position.

A “unique” project

The club was set up five years ago when Unity House day centre was forced to close. As a result, one local resident who attended Unity House for close to 20 years prior to its closure set up the social club that now supports local disabled people.

The club has been described as “unique” in this article, as it is “a project run by disabled people, for disabled people." This sets it apart from others as it acts as a place that truly knows what other disabled residents need from such a service.

In addition to providing a safe environment in which disabled residents can eat lunch and socialise every Monday at St Clement’s Court, it also offers a way for such residents to enjoy the reassurance they may receive in sheltered housing in alternative setting.

Having received the grant, the service, Dial South Worcester, is expected to continue to thrive and offer disabled residents in the area the social interaction and assistance they need to enjoy a more independent and fulfilling lifestyle. As well as aiding those who use the club, it also conjures a real sense of community spirit where public support is very high for the project. The money is due to go towards the purchase of new items for the club, putting on music and similar concepts.

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