Day centre users celebrate as they move to a brand new premises
Posted on: 20 September 2016
Attendees to a Tavistock day centre are celebrating after their service moves from a building no longer fit for purpose on the edge of an industrial estate, to a modern, bright and spacious facility close to the town centre.
Day service users bid a fond farewell to the Molly Owen centre last month, but have enthusiastically welcomed the service move to Devon County Council’s new facility at Abbey Rise.
The recently refurbished and purpose-built facility is a world apart from their old building, providing many more opportunities for the group who have learning disabilities.
One of its highlights is a state of the art hoist for use by people who require assistance to walk.
Best described as a parachute harness that tracks along a supported beam running right through the facility, the hoist enables its users to walk with support in each room.
The hoist also supports users while they stand at work surfaces, learning daily living skills.
The new facility at Abbey Rise has a fully equipped and adapted kitchen to help people learn independence living skills.
The centre will be purchasing a range of equipment for the new sensory room which is designed to stimulate mind and body.
Eleven people currently attend the Abbey Rise day service.
Councillor Stuart Barker, the County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care said:
“The new building is really something to be proud of, and I’m delighted that people who had been at the Molly Owen Centre are now enjoying Abbey Rise’s many benefits.
“In times of tough choices it has been more than worth the investment to see just how much vulnerable can enjoy good facilities and improve their independence.
One of my personal challenges has been to ensure that we provide a Changing Places facility in as many areas as possible. We now have a good network of them across the County and the latest one at Abbey Rise will enable people with disabilities and their families visit the area knowing that this essential facility is available for them. It can be accessed at any time with a Radar key. It’s a larger than normal toilet with a built in hoist track and a changing facility which includes a shower.”
“Users of Abbey Rise will now be nearer the heart of our community.”