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/ February 8, 2018/ Just Giving/ 0 comments

Weʼre raising £1,000 to provide a much needed day centre for adults with learning and other disabilities in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire and the surrounding area.

When the Ross on Wye day centre closed in October 2017, it meant that adults with learning and other disabilties living locally would no longer be go somewhere to socialise and do activities. It was also a loss of a vital service within our community. But what we could we do about this? Ross-on-Wye has a strong community spirit so with some support from local businesses, organisations and residents (and with some of our redundancy monies thrown in for good measure), we have started The Ross on Wye Horizon Centre, a Community Interest Charity for people with learning and other disabilities.

It is good to get out and see people. I like having a laugh.” Michelle

The Horizon Centre offers a range of activities, from arts and crafts, gardening and woodworking to developing IT skills, exercise and music group. We are currently making Easter cards and decorations to sell at our next market on March 17th. We are also active in the community, selling at the local market, socialising and participating in events. We have a plot with a poly tunnel and raised beds at the Model Farm, a community project involving EnviroAbility, another local organisation. The group is planning how they will use the plot and planting seeds in pots to plant out later. We will be growing fruit and vegetables on the site.

The Horizon Centre is also a ‘community hub’, providing volunteering opportunities and other acitivities for local residents. Maria

We offer new opportunities and will ‘go the extra mile’ to help long-held dreams come true if we can. One of our service users is planning on being a ‘shop keeper for the day’ at a local shop, something she has always wanted to do. From afternoon teas, pajama parties and live country music to attending sporting events, we believe that ‘our smallness is our strength’, allowing us to be more flexible and innovative in order to deliver an excellent service. For people interested in joining us, we offer free taster days so that people can find out more about us before signing up.

I like going to the centre and doing the wood work. I like going to the farm. I am excited to be learning about computers” Steve

Like many people, we feel strongly that there should be a local day centre that provides an innovative, vibrant and person-centre service for adults with learning and other disabilities. The Ross on Wye Horizon Centre encourages people to build confidence, learn new skills, and develop independence.

It is amazing to work with a great group of people who have so much to offer.” Isabel, volunteer

How can you help? By visiting this site, you may like what we are doing and wish to help us financially. As we started the charity from scratch within a very short time frame, we are looking to quickly raise necessary funds to support the project. We contributed some of our redundancy monies and are fully committed to making this centre a success. Every donation is very appreciated. We have been so touched by the support and encouragement we have received.

I really like helping on the market stall. I like selling things and seeing people”

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