New Leeds base for people with learning disabilities

Staff and service users are joined by Coun Peter Gruen (centre)  for the official opening of the newly-refurbished Naburn Court.
Staff and service users are joined by Coun Peter Gruen (centre) for the official opening of the newly-refurbished Naburn Court.
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A new base where people with learning disabilities can get support in their own community has been officially opened.

After a major refurbishment, Naburn Court in Whinmoor has been transformed to offer a place for people with learning disabilities, some of whom have additional needs, dementia and mobility problems, to meet every day of the week. The building - a former older people’s day centre - will also be available for local community groups to use on evenings and weekends.

The transformation was part of a city-wide reorganisation of Leeds City Council’s Learning Disability Service which will see more new community bases set up in east and north Leeds.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “Naburn Court is a really successful example of how doing things differently and taking a more innovative approach to how we use our buildings can open up a whole new range of opportunities for the people we work with every day.”

Among the groups who may also be using the new centre is the Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme, which offers support services including trips, luncheon clubs and help with IT.

Project manager Ken Hill said: “We’re hoping we can use this office as a satellite hub for some of our services and it gives us that extra option to co-ordinate some of the work we do with local older people.”

Coun Peter Gruen (Labour, Crossgates and Whinmoor) said: “This is really positive news for the local community.”

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