Our innovative Activity Resource Centre (ARC) is located in Featherstone, West Yorkshire and is open to all those who use our services. We have also recently opened The Studio to build on the popularity of our activities and provide a range of additional services. The primary aim of our centres is to provide meaningful activities for people over 18 years of age, both in the centres themselves and within the local community, to build skills, promote independence, inclusion and social networking. People may be funded through social care or by the use of their own individual budgets.
The centres are open Monday to Friday 9.30am until 3.30pm and easily accessible from across the region using public transport. We have a range of excellent facilities including a computer suite of 8 computers, all with internet connection and printing capacity. We also have a large kitchen with full amenities for cooking and baking and two large universal rooms which are used for many of the daily activities which take place inside the centre.
Every day a structured activity programme is offered. Within the centre this includes IT training, arts and craft, cooking classes as well as dance, exercise and drama classes.The centres have full disabled access, and private toilet and shower facilities. We have our own transport in the form of 4 people carriers which are used daily to aid the facilitation of activities planned to locations that do not have public transport routes.
A full range of activities take place within the community, these are regularly added, to reflect people’s development needs and interests. We provide sessions such as walking, gym and fishing sessions. We also have an allotment group who work on our local allotment as well as bowling, football and access to work and training opportunities. We work with local companies to provide work placements in the region, including an environmental project at Temple Newsome. People between the ages of 18 and 24 are also able to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh award and we have entered a variety of events such as the tag Rugby competition, football fun days, and other sporting events, such as the Special Olympics. We also arrange camping and overnight trips as well as attending museums and theatre shows.
Every year we hold a Summer Prom and Christmas Ball and attend a range of local events and forums. We have excellent relationships with a range of community groups and organisations such as the council, police, Featherstone Rovers and private businesses.
We provide a fun, relaxed and safe environment for service users to realise their full potential, hopes and aspirations.
- Activity Organiser
‘I like coming to the centre to learn maths and English and I get to try a range of activities that give me joy and happiness.
- Service User