People with learning disabilities in Cheshire and Merseyside are able to enjoy the company of their loved ones safely, thanks to new ‘interaction hubs’ that allow families to spend time together in line with government restrictions.
The eleven hubs are located at learning disability services, all run by national charity Hft, in Neston, Willaston and Ellesmere Port. The supported living services, which support over 60 people with learning disabilities locally, have been welcoming family and friends to spend time with supported people in newly-made, specially designed wooden gazebos, which are being used in line with government guidance.
Laura Barron, Regional Manager, who is the inspiration behind the project, said: “Over the past year, people we support have faced huge changes to their daily routines and support networks. While many of them have been supported to engage with their family and friends using technology, people were still missing face to face contact. Family and friends are there for life, and maintaining these relationships is essential to everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.”
“Thanks to this project, people have been able to enjoy some quality time with their families. We’ve been absolutely blown away by the response to this project, which has highlighted the generosity and community spirit that has been such an important force during these difficult times. We couldn’t be happier with the interaction hubs and are so looking forward to seeing more smiles on people’s faces as they enjoy a get together with their loved ones.”