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Disabled adults will get the chance to train at newly-opened day centre [Derby Evening Telegraph (England)]
[January 16, 2013]

Disabled adults will get the chance to train at newly-opened day centre [Derby Evening Telegraph (England)]

(Derby Evening Telegraph (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A CHARITY that supports disabled people live independently and find employment is officially opening its new day centre today.

The Enabled Centre, based in St Helen's Street, will be officially launched between 1pm and 4pm.

It is the result of the amalgamation of Enabled Art and New Horizons, which have been relocated to New Enterprise House, opposite Radio Derby.

The aim is to help disabled people integrate into the community with the ultimate goal of facilitating training and developing skills that could lead to employment and independent living.

The opening will be carried out by Councillor Fareed Hussain, cabinet member with for social care at Derby City Council.

The event has been designed to provide an opportunity for potential customers, their families, friends, carers and professionals to have a look around the new centre and discover what facilities and activities are available.

Activities at the groundfloor centre include art facilities, woodwork, television, an xBox, sensory room, games, a pool table and an internet cafe.

Its 10 members of staff are highly trained and supported by relief workers at busy times. It provides an environment where disabled adults can relax, learn and make friends, reducing the stigma surrounding their impairment and increasing their social skills and confidence to go out into the wider community. Amo Raju, chief executive of Disability Direct, said: "The centre can take up to 30 people per day and, with day centres closing in the city, there has been high demand and it has already been busy.

"This is part of a modernising process for disabled facilities in the city.

"It will be used as a hub for all kinds of activities both within the centre and elsewhere.

"If people become more confident about what they can do then they will look at training to help them find a job. It's great to be able to launch a service that has the potential to benefit so many people." Disability Direct is a local charity that helps disabled people live independently.

It is part of the Derby-based Disability Syndicate which operates information and advice services, a payroll division, a disability consultancy, a business centre on Pride Park and social enterprises providing home and business IT services and marketing. Mr Raju said: "If you are interested in day service activity in Derby, then pop along to the launch.

"We're absolutely delighted with the centre so far and look forward to more ideas from users." (c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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