New base for Learning Disabilities service

A Somerset County Council service which provides opportunities and support for adults with Learning Disabilities is moving into a new home right in the heart of the community.

From Thursday 5 June, the Learning Disabilities Day Service for the Sedgemoor area will be based at the Rollercoaster in Bridgwater.

The service offers support to people with a wide range of learning disabilities as well as their parents and carers, including working with individuals to develop their everyday living skills such as cooking and shopping, helping them maintain and develop friendships, and arranging music, sensory and recreational activities.

A coffee morning will be held on Thursday to mark the official opening with Cllr William Wallace, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Services to People with Learning Disabilities, joining service users and their parents and carers.

Cllr Wallace said: “I’m really looking forward to visiting the Rollercoaster to see the service up and running in its new home.

“It is clear from looking at LD services elsewhere that they can really benefit from being based in community locations alongside other services and organisations.

“Our staff will now be able to focus on people-centred services which offer a much better experience for individuals, as well as continuing to provide essential respite support for parents and carers.”

The new service, which was previously based at the Enterprise Resource Centre, will now be sharing premises at the Rollercoaster with the Pupil Referral Unit and a team which offers support for foster carers.

Future plans include the possibility of opening earlier and closing later and extending the support into the weekend to offer people greater choice and control over when they receive a service.

It is also hoped there will be increased opportunities for people to volunteer within the LD service, working in partnership with Somerset You Can Do.