Official opening of new activity centre in Hornchurch for people with learning and physical disabilities

Service users Wilson Barros with support workers Laura and Leanne West

Service users Wilson Barros with support workers Laura and Leanne West - Credit: Archant

A new activity centre for people with learning and physically disabilities was officially opened.

Deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday cut the ribbon at the Lilliputs Activity Centre in Hornchurch last Friday.

Lynne Davis, Day Care Coordinator at CMG Lilliputs, said: “This facility is particularly important for our area as there is currently a real shortage, and will offer adults with Learning Disabilities the opportunity to learn and have fun in a supportive environment.”

The centre, which is run by CMG, is available for use by people with learning and physical disabilities and complex needs, helping them to develop the life skills that will allow them to play a full and active role in society.

The day was an opportunity for people to see all the centre has to offer.

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A range of fun activities, from interactive music and games to tours of the therapeutic hydrotherapy swimming pool took place throughout the day.

The soft play area and sports hall were firm favourites as guests enjoyed a game of indoor football as well as dancing.

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Visitors also learnt about the ASDAN courses available at the centre. The courses are nationally accredited qualifications which aim to develop learning, employment and life skills, and the centre offers a wide range of 22 courses in everything from drama to budgeting.

Gerrie Furzland, whose daughter has been using the centre since January, said: “Lilliputs really is a wonderful place to learn and have fun. My daughter has made great progress, both in her ASDAN courses and as a result of the wide range of activities that the Centre offers. She’s come on leaps and bounds and can’t wait for her next visit.”

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