New service for adults with disabilities

ADULTS with disabilities and learning difficulties will have a chance to socialise and meet new people when a new service is introduced in Clevedon.

From April 19, the town’s YMCA will put on a weekly session giving them the chance to meet up with others in a similar situation to themselves.

This has been introduced following the news a similar weekly service put on at Barcode youth caf� in Weston will cease due to North Somerset Council budget cuts.

Staff and volunteers at the YMCA in Marson Road have teamed up with support workers from United Response, who provide assistance to people with disabilities, to organise the new service and fill the gap in provision.

It will be held every Thursday from 10.30am-2.30pm and give adults the chance to enjoy activities including table tennis, basketball, football, crafts, cooking and computer games.

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Lorna Robinson, a United Response support worker and link youth worker at the YMCA, helped to set up the service with her husband, Kevin, who is also a support worker.

She said: “There is hardly anything in this part of North Somerset which is just for purely socialising and to play games.

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“A lot of support workers say they do a lot of one-to-one work so to meet up with other people and do stuff together every now and then will be nice.”

The Y Thursday session will add to a service already provided at the YMCA every Wednesday evening, called Y Wednesday. This is mostly attended by young adults with disabilities so it is hoped the Thursday session will attract some older adults.

During each session a soup lunch will be provided for �2. Entry is �3. Those needing support will need to be accompanied by support staff.

For more details contact Lorna at the YMCA on 01275 878405.

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