Award win for centre helping those with brain injuries

A Leeds resource centre that helps people cope with the aftermath of life-changing accidents and injuries has won a prestigious award.

Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, part of Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care based in East Leeds, has been supporting the victims of serious illnesses or accidents for almost 25 years, with a range of rehabilitation projects and workshops.

Now the team at the centre have won a National Workers' Educational Association (WEA) award to recognise the difference they have made to people in the local community.

Ian Wallace, manager at the centre, said: “It’s fantastic for everyone here that we’ve won such a prestigious award.

“We’ve been nominated and won awards before and it’s always great for the team because it’s recognition for the work that they do.”

He added: “But it’s also great for our service users because they’re the ones who steer us and take us in the direction that we go in terms of the services we deliver.”

Osmondthorpe Resource Centre provides projects for around 120 adults with a broad spectrum of physical or sensory impairments.

Around half of those using the centre have acquired brain injuries, with the other half all getting support to help them cope with a range of disabilities.

Supporting service users to get involved in other opportunities outside the centre, the team has also seen a number of regulars go into volunteer placements.

Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care said: “Osmondthorpe Resource Centre has been a crucial part of helping so many people to regain their confidence and learn new skills following serious brain injuries.

“The work done by the team at the centre has been making a real difference to service users for almost 25 years now and this award is thoroughly deserved.”

The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is holding its biennial conference in Cambridge from October 11-12 with the theme Building Communities.

As part of the theme, WEA regions were asked to nominate a successful partnership for a recognition award.

The Yorkshire and Humber region nominated Osmondthorpe Resource Centre.

Julie Hewson, chair of the service users consultation committee will attend the event to pick up the award on behalf of the centre.

Organisers have praised the centre’s successful partnership working as well as its innovative and exciting programmes of learning for adults.


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