New Learning Disability Day and Work Opportunities Centre
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet is to consider a report seeking its
approval to contract with Kier Construction for the construction of a new
Social Services Learning Disability Day and Work Opportunities Centre on the
campus of the former John Summers High School in Queensferry at its meeting on
Tuesday, 22 May.
The proposed development would replace the existing day service centre at
Glanrafon, Queensferry with the day and work opportunities service delivered by
the council’s Alternative Delivery Model partner Hft, a national charity that
provides services for people with learning disabilities.
A full business case for the new facility was approved and funding agreed
through the Council’s Capital Programme in February 2017. Planning consent was
granted on 7 February 2018.
The Learning Disability Day and Work Opportunities service provides meaningful
daytime activities, in day centre and work environments, for more than 150
people with learning disabilities. It also delivers respite for people that use
services, and for their families and carers. The service supports people to
learn new skills, develop independence and to make social connections and
The proposed new ‘hub’ facility will provide improved technology, greater
comfort and accessibility. There will also be provision for use of the
facilities by other Council services and the wider community where appropriate.
Cllr. Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services said;
“I am delighted that Hft have already started working on fundraising plans for
the new centre to assist equipping the specialist areas such as a sensory
garden. This reflects the commitment of Flintshire County Council and HF Trust
to build on our already strong and positive relationship to do our very best to
provide a first-class facility for service users, their families and carers and
the wider community.”