Wirral Council proposes purpose-built facility for those with additional needs
February 13, 2019
People with additional needs and learning difficulties could have use of a state-of-the-art, purpose-built adult day care facility under plans proposed by Wirral Council.
If approved, the new complex will provide bespoke break out areas for adult day care customers during the day while being open for use by Leisure Centre customers in the evening.
The development is to be built on to the back of Leasowe Leisure Centre, it will provide tailored, pioneering day services for adults with learning disabilities. The centre will allow these Wirral residents to learn new skills, build confidence, develop and enhance life skills whilst also offering opportunities for clients to gain work experience.
Supported by Wirral Council, the project will be managed by Wirral Evolutions, a Local Authority Company (LAC).
Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Care & Health said of the exciting proposals, “I’m delighted to announce this proposal to help our most vulnerable residents. Delivering high quality, accessible and – importantly – inclusive services is a key priority and this proposal demonstrates our commitment to that.
“This is a major investment - £2 million - in creating a bespoke, top quality service and is only possible due to our financial strategy focusing on creating better services and increasing income to counter austerity policies.”
As part of the proposal the existing Leasowe Leisure Centre will also be given a makeover as the building’s frontage and some communal areas will be refreshed and updated. The bid also outlines plans for plenty of car parking space and drop off points as the project sets out to make the site’s existing facilities more easily accessible to all residents.
Adult day care customers will also be able to use the wide range of facilities the Leisure Centre has to offer, including the new Artificial Turf Pitch – the original idea was that the new pitch would become the local ‘Centre of Excellence’ for football, for Adults with Learning Difficulties.
Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Recreation said of the plans, “Despite budget constraints, we have invested more than £8 million in the past few years on making sure Wirral’s services are of the best possible quality.
“We’re committed to making sure our residents can access excellent leisure services and this latest investment is proof of that.”
As the adult services will operate during the day this will leave the site available for Wirral’s leisure services to expand their offer to customers in the evenings and utilise the space for additional and new fitness classes to benefit the community.
The plan will be considered at the Cabinet’s budget meeting on Monday 18th February.