New Home for Mencap Link Up and Newbury Community Furniture Project
In 2013 the Trust acquired a 40,000 plus sq. ft. building, off Hambridge Road in Newbury, for West Berkshire Mencap's Link Up project and for the Newbury Community Resource Centre's Furniture Project, double the size of their previous home - the former Slater Centre at Greenham Business Park. The Trust will continue to provide grants to cover the rent for the new accommodation so the two organisations can occupy it for free.
The charities required new premises following a steady expansion in training and employment schemes for disadvantaged people, many with physical and learning disabilities, giving both their organisations the opportunity for growth and development.
Kennet District Gymnastics
Unit E - The Slater Centre
West Berkshire Mencap
A work skills training centre for adults with learning disabilities. With up to 30 attending each day we have over 90 local people learning about all aspects of work. This includes timekeeping, appearance, Health & Safety and using local transport.
We work with local businesses to complete work ranging from mailouts to light assembly work. We are constantly looking to develop new links with the aim of giving our individuals a wide range of skills to help improve their ability to seek work.
We have a dedicated work area with extensive storage facilities and a fully accessible study room allowing us to work with a wide range of disabilities
Contact number: 01635 778120
Our day service providing a wide range of leisure based opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. These range from arts & crafts, cookery, sports activities and drama. Some are based in the dedicated learning area here at The Slater Centre while others use other local resources. Leisure plus also runs an after college club for young adults providing a wide range of therapeutic activities.
Contact number: 01635 778124
Your Choice Services
Our domiciliary care service providing a wide range of support needs for individuals in the local area.
Contact number: 01635 778127
West Berkshire Mencap Website: www.westberkshiremencap.org
Registered Charity: 1076658
The Newbury Community Resource Centre
The Furniture Project is well-established in Newbury, providing re-used furniture, electrical goods and household items at affordable prices, with a lower price band for those in receipt of benefits.
The Training and Community Support Centre, which used to be based at the Slater Centre on the Greenham Business Park, provides volunteering, supported volunteering and training opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the local area. Participants can chose from a wide range of activities, including IT and office skills, re-upholstery, woodwork, electrical repair and forklift truck driving. The addition of a bicycle repair workshop has proved very popular with trainees and customers.
Chief Executive of the NCRC, Kelvin Hughes, commented “It’s great to have so much more space now in Unit F, which has allowed us to bring together our shop and our training workshops into one location and increase the synergies between the two parts of the charity. Our disadvantaged volunteers can now gain experience in retail and customer service, as well as the more practical activities going on in the workshops.”