Leeds hub helps those with disabilities

SUPPORT: The Fullfilling Lives centre opens its doors to help people with learning disabilities.
SUPPORT: The Fullfilling Lives centre opens its doors to help people with learning disabilities.
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A £2.5M specially-designed support hub for adults with learning disabilities has officially opened its doors.

The new Fulfilling Lives building in Rothwell will help those with the most complex health needs.

It has a purpose built physiotherapy and postural management room as well as specialist facilities including a rebound therapy room with floor level trampoline, a sensory room and areas for electric wheelchairs.

The centre’s grand opening, by Coun Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, came ahead of a meeting this week where senior councillors were updated about the revamp of the city’s learning disability day services.

Twenty-one new community bases, 22 changing place toilet facilities and 20 voluntary projects have so far been created as part of the Fulfilling Lives scheme, which aims to modernise the way council care is delivered.

Three more community bases could also be created in Wetherby, Cross Gates and Richmond Hill.

Coun Mulherin said: “The beautiful new Rothwell building will provide a bespoke, specialist day service base for adults with learning disabilities living in the south of the city and is one of the flagships of what is an exciting and genuinely transformative project.

“The modernisation of our learning disability services has taken us, those using the service and the staff working in it on a journey together which has seen us make really innovative steps in the way we support some of the city’s most vulnerable adults.

“The new Fulfilling Lives bases put that support right at the heart of our communities, enabling those who attend to play an active part in where they live.”

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