Friockheim Community Hub have received a £35,555 grant from Angus LEADER towards the Changing Places facility within the Hub that is due to open Autumn 2018.
The Hub are aiming for the facility to be open 24/7 and 365 days, which would be a first for Angus.
The facility will help tackle inequality and social deprivation in the area, enabling people with disabilities, health/medical conditions or learning difficulties access to the dedicated area within the Hub.
This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, autism, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people and those with more hidden disabilities or complex health conditions e.g. stoma and catheter care.
The facility will be available to anyone holding a dedicated radar key resident within Friockheim, Angus and the U.K. The facility ensures that wheelchair users and support staff and their carers have access to the required equipment essential for toilet/change/transfer and physio.
Without access to a Changing Places facility, people are often socially isolated and unable to travel far from home. Approximately a quarter of a million people in the UK require use of a Changing Places toilet.
The facility will enable FriockHub to accommodate the needs of individuals and groups who require additional support and may currently have no access to resource and respite centres or supportive groups. It will also promote integration with the rest of the community and provide enhanced social opportunities.
FriockHub are working with the local PAMIS organisation, Tayside NHS and Angus Council to establish and promote the facility.
The Hub’s fundraising efforts continue to raise the balance of funds required to complete the Changing Places room and the equipment for the incorporated Multi-Sensory Room.
FriockHub would welcome anyone who wishes to support this development either as fundraiser or funding donors. From Autumn 2018 opportunities will be available for volunteer helpers, more information on our website www.friockhub.co.uk. We can now accept donations via our website.
Angus Leader is part of LEADER a European rural development programme which aims to improve the quality of life and prosperity in rural communities through locally driven initiatives and projects.
Gill Lawrie –Angus Leader Local Action Group
“I was delighted to see Angus LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) support 50% of the costs of this adaptation to the Friockhub” said Gill Lawrie, current member and past chair of the LAG. “specialist services add much to community facilities in rural areas, helping secure their future. Friockhub Changing Places facilities can be a great asset for the area, and for visitors who need these specialist facilities.”
Lois Speed, Parent
“I fully applaud FriockHub’s phenomenal energy, drive and creativity. Their continued grit and determination to fundraise and fulfil the vision that they have for their local community and others is just awe inspiring. I can't wait to see this project come to fruition. The people of Friockheim and indeed the whole of Angus should be really proud of this group’s efforts. I would whole heartedly encourage everyone to get behind FriockHub when it opens its doors and get in and see for themselves. The inclusion of the Changing Places facility and Multi-Sensory room tops it off, really making this a facility that has something for everyone and can meet the needs of all.”
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