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'Thumbs Up' Gets...The Thumbs Up!

Thursday 15th April

Service users at Kempston Day Centre for people with a learning disability, in Kempston, have been busy creating greeting cards using their thumb prints as a basis for the designs, as a therapeutic and learning activity which also raises funds.

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The range of cards, called ‘Thumbs Up’, have been so well received by the public that staff at the centre are keen to develop the project further, even looking to make it into a social enterprise. This would give vulnerable adults who have profound and multiple disabilities, and those with complex needs, a real opportunity to be involved in running the project within the wider community, as a business venture - with training and work placement opportunities. No profit is being made from the creative venture at present.  The funds raised go straight back into arts and craft activities within the centre; which benefits all users of the centre.

The Kempston Centre provides a wide range of stimulating sessions for individuals with learning disabilities, including people with very complex needs, which take place both at the centre and more increasingly within the local community. Activities available include life skills training, running a coffee shop, tending to an allotment, accessing local sports and leisure facilities, time-banking and much more.

So far, people have been able to purchase the greeting cards from stalls in the local area, at: the Bedford Library, Bedford Borough Hall and Cople Coffee Shop.

Nicky Attenborough, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, at Bedford Borough Council said: “The cards help promote the positive work being carried out and the response from the public has been fantastic. We are hoping to develop the project and would like it to be accessible to as many service users as possible in the future.”

Whatever the occasion, if you would like to find out where you can purchase your ‘Thumbs Up’ greeting cards, contact Amanda Everett, Day Care Officer, at Kempston Centre, on 01234 853973.

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