Party as hub for adults with learning difficulties reopens

By Dave Doyle | 16/05/2018

Party as hub for adults with learning difficulties reopens
Peter Jackson (back row, second left) and Julie Haystead (back row, fifth from left) who run the service for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, are pictured with the deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham Cllr and Mrs Alan Buckley who officially opened the refurbished premises, service users, family members and well wishers.

A SOCIAL hub for adults with learning disabilities has marked its return “home” with a party attended by over 100 people.

The Meeting Place offered outings and activities from its Wingfield base for 25 years, before national charity Mencap removed its funding under budget pressure.

The service relocated to the Chislett Centre, Kimberworth Park while money was raised to reclaim the group’s premises.

Organisers and around 100 service users returned to the Wingfield venue with a “welcome home” party recently.

The party featured food, music and dancing, table magic and a turn by singing policeman PCSO Paul Newman.

Meeting Place founder Julie Haystead said: “We saw lots of familiar faces and a few new people as well.

“This is a home away from home for many people and they were all pleased to be back.

“Everyone was saying that it was nice to be home — some even made ‘welcome home’ cards and banners to put up.”

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