Buckinghamshire opportunities centre opens offering support to adults with learning disabilities or dementia

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Cllr Lin Hazell, Cllr Mike Appleyard and Susie Long, Service Manager at Burnham Opportunities Centre.

Leading social care provider Buckinghamshire Care has officially opened its latest opportunities centre, which offers support to adults with learning disabilities and autism as well as older adults – including those with dementia.


Burnham Opportunities Centre, based on Minniecroft Road, is the latest development to open as part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s day opportunities modernisation programme, which has seen £13.5million committed to supporting vulnerable adults.


The refurbished centre, which offers modern, state-of-the-art facilities to its visitors – including a host of accessible activity rooms, a training kitchen and a sensory room – was officially opened by Councillor Mike Appleyard, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing on Thursday, May 12.


The redeveloped Burnham Opportunities Centre is the fourth opportunities centre to open in Buckinghamshire over the past two years. It follows new centres opening in Aylesbury, Buckingham and, most recently, in Chesham.


Buckinghamshire Care – who are the Local Authority Trading Company of Buckinghamshire County Council – support people across Buckinghamshire both in their own homes and at opportunities centres.


Martin Farrow, Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Care, said: “Following the initial great success of our opportunities centres in Aylesbury, Buckingham and Chesham, we are delighted to open yet another modern centre in Burnham, which I have no doubt will be at the forefront of supporting adults from across the south of the county.


“The centre is also here as a place for the community. It offers a modern, spacious environment and we really want to forge strong local links – not just with people from the Burnham area – but other likeminded organisations from across Buckinghamshire.”


Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Mike Appleyard, added: “Our Day Opportunities Programme provides centres where day services of the very highest quality can support and enrich people’s lives, and it’s great to see Burnham Opportunities Centre finished and ready to welcome local residents. Service Manager Susie Long has created an environment here that will make the centre an enjoyable and inspiring place for all who use it, and with the modern programme she is introducing, we expect many younger adults to use the Centre in the evenings and weekends.”


The opening of Burnham Opportunities Centre follows recent recognition of Buckinghamshire Care, who provide up to 1,000 hours of support a day to help individuals across the county get the best out of life.


They recently won the National Apprenticeship Awards’ Newcomer SME of the Year award and they also received a national LaingBuisson Award for ‘Innovation’, recognising the organisation’s approach to creating work opportunities for adults with disabilities.


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