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Future of Canal Road secured

Local charity, Aspire, is to transfer its activities from Hereford’s Tan Brook Centre to Canal Road this Easter in a move that will boost services for existing customers and secure the future of Canal Road day centre.

Herefordshire Council currently runs a service for adults with disabilities at Canal Road.  Last year, in response to budget cuts, the council announced that it intended to remodel day services including Canal Road services.  Since then it has been working with people who use the service, their families, staff and commissioners to look at alternative ways of meeting people’s needs.  As a result, in response to demand, the council put a membership-based scheme out to tender and has agreed to proposals submitted by local charity, Aspire Living Ltd.

Aspire runs a number of clubs and training activities from the Tan Brook Centre on a membership-fee basis.  A not for profit organisation, the charity keeps prices low, relying on some excellent volunteers funding from alternative sources.  It plans to move all these activities to Canal Road and provide membership-based activities for all its customers, including those who currently use the facilities at Canal Road.  People wishing to use the services will be able to pick and choose from a wider range than before, using their direct payments where appropriate to pay for them.

The big move will take place over the Easter weekend and will be opening for business on 22nd April.   

Karen Hall, chief executive at Aspire Living, said: “We are incredibly excited about this new venture as it provides us with a fantastic opportunity to build upon existing successes like our youth club, and provide a wider range of services and activities for people  to choose from.   The new facility will be open to the whole community and be completely inclusive:  we really want the local community to join us and help us utilise some of the fantastic space in the centre for the good of all. 

“We have lots of exciting plans ahead, including the development of an internet café and a new gardening club, and we want our existing customers and the local community to be fully involved in this.”

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is great news as it not only secures the future for people who currently use Canal Road, but broadens the opportunities for new developments to benefit them and the wider community.”   


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