Plans for centre for adults with disabilities in Doncaster

Plans have been submitted to Doncaster Council to transform a series of agricultural buildings into a centre for adults with learning disabilities.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 13:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 23:57 pm
Plans have been submitted to convert existing agricultural buildings into a new Achievement Centre for adults with learning disabilities.

The existing agricultural buildings are in the centre of Barnburgh and the transformation would include a community shop and café, providing training and employment opportunities for young adults with

learning disabilities.

The SHED, a ‘Not-for-Profit’ local start up business operated by Helen Smith, a retired Police Officer and parent to a young boy with Down’s Syndrome, hopes to provide a purpose designed facility supporting adults with learning disabilities to live healthy, active and meaningful lives.

Helen Smith said: “We aim to offer our members an opportunity to learn, develop further skills and have fun doing so. Our members will not only be part of their own community but will play an active part at the centre of the Barnburgh community through our shop and café and give something back in the process.

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“People with disabilities have a lot to offer but are often forgotten and left isolated as opportunities are limited. This Centre provides the opportunity for young adults to be part of something. Not only part of a community but the centre of it, providing a service to others! It’s an opportunity for them to learn how to be independent and live meaningful lives”.

If plans are approved the centre would open its doors in early to mid-October and be complete by April 2020.