New opportunity to bring benefits for adults with learning disabilities in Arfon
Following refurbishment work, the café at the Arfon Leisure Centre in Caernarfon will re-open this month, providing work experience and training opportunities for individuals known to the adult learning disability team in the area.
Gwynedd Council secured funding from the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund to develop a new service delivery model that will benefit adults with learning disabilities based at the Arfon Leisure Centre.
The grant has been used to refurbish the café area as well as upgrading the nearby community room.
Reopening on 18 June, the café will provide work experience and training opportunities for adults known to the adult learning disability team in order to develop important practical life skills, as well as providing the wider community with a new service.
A range of community activities will be facilitated by the café, based on local community needs. Initial ideas include parent and toddler groups, ‘Cuppa and chat’ sessions, health and wellbeing activities along with agency ‘pop-up’ advice surgeries.
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health matters said: "As a Council, we want people to develop their self-confidence and skills so that they can get out into the world and lead full lives.
"We firmly believe that this new community model will be one option that will help us to meet the needs and expectations of service users and help to integrate the lives of the individuals as a key part of society’s daily life.
“This model will provide the opportunity for people to gain work experience, as well as helping to boost self-confidence and push the boundaries of what the individuals realise they can achieve. We want to deliver a personalised, individual care and support package for people known to the adult learning disability team which include opportunities to learn and develop within their communities.”
Ceryl Teleri Davies, Gwynedd Council’s Adult Learning Disability Senior Manager noted: “Our vision as a Learning Disability Service for the future is to focus on encouraging individual independence.
“This means that the support is designed to help individuals focus on their strengths and assist them with their independence. We will actively support individuals to empower them to live fulfilled lives.
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Leisure matter added: “This project shows what can be achieved by developing innovative ideas that allow different Council departments to work together to deliver services.
“This collaborative effort will now see the reopening of the cafe at the Arfon Leisure Centre as well as offering fantastic opportunities for people to secure training and qualifications in the preparation of food. It will also have the associated benefits of allowing people to interact and socialise with friends, co-workers and members of the wider public. I look forward to seeing this new model getting underway.”
The café at the Arfon Leisure Centre will re-open on 18 June. This will coincide with Adult Learner’s Week, with an event held at the Café to promote learning opportunities within the county from 10am. During the session, a number of partners including Gwynedd’s OPUS team and Grwp Llandrillo Menai will be offering an opportunity to see what’s available within the county and offering taster sessions such as I.T and How to Reduce Stress etc.