Compass Skills Hub opened late January of 2020. Our skills hub is a centre for adults with learning disabilities which includes those with autism, epilepsy and those who exhibit challenging behaviour to have a safe space they can attend to learn life skills such as transport training, cooking skills, get work experience, reading but also an opportunity to participate in fun activities such as painting, music sessions, occupational therapy sessions, yoga classes and much more including disco nights and movie nights. Since the lockdown was imposed our clients have been unable to attend our skills hub and with a vaccine nowhere near ready our group of clients may well remain in lockdown longer than most due to their underlying heath conditions. For those who can attend once the lockdown is lifted - there will be the challenge of financial difficulties for families to be able to afford to send their loved ones to our centre. Our service users will usually be self funded or be funded by the local authority, however with the extra financial burden on the local authority due to the outbreak there is likely to be tighter control on funds being released for activities like ours for service users.
In order for us to be able to offer these services, we need funding to be able to make the activities available, afford to pay staff and to keep the centre open. We are self funded with no government assistance or charity. We would love to continue to offer our services as we feel it is much needed service in the community to ensure our service users are not left isolated by not being able to offer them somewhere they can access in the community. The funds raised will enable us to pay for art teachers, music teacher, put on pottery classes, puppeters and much more. The stretch fund will allow us to have funds put aside to help those families in financial hardship the funds will be used to pay for their loved ones to attend the day centre. In order to ensure any funds we raise can go much further we have reduced our daily prices by 40%, by doing so it allows us to make our centre more accessible for everyone and the funds raised to go much further.
Here are some images of our centre and one of our regular service user who has been unable to attend since the start of the lockdown.