Run by social care provider Essex Cares, the resource centre in Torrington Drive offers activities including games, gardening, music and movement, sign language and communication groups. Most recently, the visitors have been testing their artistic abilities on canvas.
Progression worker Elaine Wrampling said the Aboriginal theme has been very popular with the customers. She explained: “I have an Aboriginal friend, and he kindly donated some art that our customers could try to emulate.
“They have loved doing the painting as well as learning about a different culture. We’re also looking at Mexican art at the moment and we often create displays about topical things like Euro 2012, so the activity as a whole is really helping to broaden their perspective on the world.”
The resource centre is open between 9am and 4pm on Mondays to Fridays, with around 25 daily customers of varying ages. Through the centre, customers also access community venues within the Loughton, Epping and Harlow areas, which include golf or bowling, to encourage independence.
Elaine said: “Some people may view us as just another day centre, but it’s a real part of the lives of those we support. Most of our customers have been coming here for quite some time and have forged firm friendships over the years.”
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