New community base officially opens

Caption: Staff and service users are joined by Councillor Peter Gruen (centre), deputy leader of Leeds City Council, for the official opening of the newly-refurbished Naburn Court.

A new base where people with learning disabilities can get support in their own community has been officially opened.

After a major refurbishment, Naburn Court in Whinmoor has been transformed into a place for people with learning disabilities, some of whom have additional needs, dementia and mobility problems, to attend every day of the week.

The building, which is a former older people’s day centre, will also be available for local community groups to use on evenings and weekends.

The transformation is part of a city-wide reorganisation of Leeds City Council’s Learning Disability Service which will see more new community bases set up in east and north Leeds.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:

“Naburn Court is a really successful example of how doing things differently and taking a more innovative approach to how we use our buildings can open up a whole new range of opportunities for the people we work with every day.

“By equipping the building to meet the needs of people with a whole spectrum of disabilities, we have created a new space which can meet their needs in their local community, meaning they have to spend less time on transport and more on the things they enjoy.”

Now officially up and running, Naburn Court provides services for up to 25 people with learning disabilities  from the local community and is already proving very popular.

Among the groups who may also be using the new centre is the Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme.

One of the city’s 37 council-funded neighbourhood networks, they offer locally-based support services including trips, luncheon clubs and help with IT.

They have been offered a new office in Naburn Court which they hope to use to expand the work they already carry out in the Whinmoor area.

Project manager Ken Hill said:

“We’re hoping that we can use this office as a satellite hub for some of our services and it really gives us that extra option to help co-ordinate some of the work we do with local older people.”

For more information about the council’s Learning Disability Service, please visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/LDCSS-learning-disability-community-support-service.aspx


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Leeds City Council

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