Our Resource Centre, based at Lister House in Carlisle, is a friendly, welcoming place which offers a social hub to adults with disabilities. Here, they can meet people, enjoy all kinds of activities, and have the opportunity to learn new skills in a lively and supportive environment.
Our team at the Centre are committed to supporting individuals in person-centred care. We make sure that everyone has a personalised care package specially adapted to their individual needs - we will identify their care needs and provide the right level of staffing to support them. For example, we have a wetroom and specialist Carendo shower chair – as well as being able to offer use of the facilities, our staff are trained to support the individual in a personal and dignified manner, enabling them to have a shower.
We also offer sensory stimulation such as lights, sensory activities, hand massages, music, as well as normal everyday chatter – one-to-one and in groups. This is a very important (and enjoyable!) part of maintaining social inclusion.
Our staff are very experienced, and have a long history of working in care settings. They ensure the day centre is a fun environment and include each of our clients in planning their day and offering activities to suit individuals and groups.
We have an activity agenda to encourage and inspire independence and creativity - for example, we offer training in computer skills with our IT specialist, Tim. Our gardening group grows vegetables and herbs in our sensory garden, while our craft groups decorate plant pots for them. The music group is very popular with our regulars.
We also offer Feldenkrais with a specialist trainer, Virginia Taylor. This type of training has been shown to improve movement and enhance function, as well as promoting relaxation. Find out more about it here http://www.feldenkrais.co.uk/
As well as our regular activities, our plans for the Spring include
- Candle making
- Bath bomb creations
- Easter bonnet and basket competitions
- Painting and finger crafts
- Cushion making
- Pottery crafts
Our staff are dedicated to making the Centre a place of fun and meaningful activity for our visitors.