Sudbury Resource Centre
21/08/2010 Leave a comment
Yesterday at the invitation of Cllr. James Finch I pop along to the Sudbury Resource Centre, a training centre and place of work for those with learning disabilities in the Sudbury area and met with a number of the staff and the Chairman and Hon. Secretary of an organisation called Helping Hands which works to raise monies for the centre and support them in their endeavours.
Clearly at this difficult time of funding and as we look at all aspects of what the County Council does through the New strategic Direction they are concerned as to what that means for the future of the centre and for their family members who use the centre.
Beyond the obvious that the decisions we take in Endeavour House has a real effect on the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our communities which requires us to focus in an effort to make the most considered decisions we possibly can. As I was shown around a couple of things really hit home with me, firstly its the nature of work and social interaction the its importance in our health and well-being.
Most of us, me included, work to pay our mortgage and occasionally go out and have a laugh and a chat with friends, one parent was telling me that his son comes home from ‘work’ at the centre and his Dad asks him how the day went and we proudly tells him he has packed 3000 boxes, this has become the norm so now as he comes through the door having been dropped off he proudly announces the number even before he takes his coat off; quite a contrast as I come thought the door and demand my gin and tonic and occasionally am asked how my day went and I say alright with a shrug. The value of work can be far more than just the money we get.
The other thing that struck me which I did not now was that the work and activities have to take account that those with learning difficulties their ability to do different tasked based on their abilities ebbed and flowed that they might be able to do a relatively complex activity for a period and that might them become too much for them and the programme has to be individual and take account of these changed.
It was a pleasure to meet with staff, customers and their parents and as we think about the future shape of services in Suffolk I shall be mindful of different customer groups and that actually our needs are not all the same.