And our doors are wide open, so come and say hello

Charter House Resource Centre & Sensory Room has moved into its new premises and we’re looking forward to ‘officially’ welcoming visitors to our exciting new space on May 23rd.

Thursday May 23rd will see us hold a special open day, to show off our fantastic new facilities and to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the hard-working heroes that helped us get the building renovated, redecorated and ready for action!

Everyone’s welcome, and we’d love for you to join us for a look around, from 1pm.

Charter House Resource Centre provides daycare in a safe environment for adults with learning disabilities, elderly people and those with dementia.

Our new facilities

Our new location at the former Brunshaw Young Persons’ Centre means that service users now benefit from a light and airy recreational area with much more space, a bigger bathroom with dedicated changing space & assisted bathing facilities, easier access, a phenomenal multi-sensory room more than twice the size of our previous one, and much, much more.

Having outgrown our previous site, thanks to the growing number of people wishing to benefit from our specialist services, we were given the opportunity to move to Brunshaw Young Persons’ Centre. We could see the clear potential of the building, but there was a huge amount of work to be done before we could move in and go about providing the exceptional level of service we’re known for.

The build!

We put out a call for help (our own DIY SOS!) and we’ve been incredibly lucky to have lots of people come and help us get stuck in with painting, cleaning, building, plumbing, wiring etc. This is appreciated so much by the team and by everyone that uses the Centre, and we sincerely hope that every one of our volunteers knows how grateful we are.

Carrying out the necessary renovations would have been all but impossible without the help of generous businesses throughout the region, who proved just what a fantastic community we work in.

The team at MKM Building Supplies went above and beyond. Not only did they provide vital supplies, they also shared valuable advice and expertise and even rolled their sleeves up to help with the work here at the Centre.

One of the key priorities for our new, bigger and better sensory room was that it needed a technically advanced heating / cooling system to regulate it at the ideal temperature. Mark Whittam and the team at Climate Control Support Solutions donated and installed a system capable of ensuring this room can be used comfortably all year round, without having to compromise the immersive experience by opening windows or doors.

Ringstones, the construction arm of Calico Group helped massively with all aspects of construction and renovation, making our brand new sensory room possible, where previously – there had just been one big open space. The team have been incredibly helpful throughout.

We also have to say a big thanks to Powersave Electrical & Security Distributors, Avon Electrical, Lawton Decorating Services, and Tomasz Grezeskiewicz who offered discounts, volunteered time, and provided valuable help and advice throughout.

Charter House Resource Centre is a Community Interest Company, which means we are a not-for-profit organisation. Any profits we make are reinvested into Charter House to provide the community with the best equipment and services possible. Having such valuable help in the building and renovation work means we are able to provide an even greater level of service to our users, with some fantastic, new facilities.

Watch the story of our build here:

What does the future hold?

The new building still offers a huge number of possibilities for us to explore. Our new lounge is currently being completed and we have exciting plans for a dedicated sensory garden in our expansive outdoor space.

Thanks to the fact that the building has much more room and is more accessible, we are hoping that we will also be able to provide even more services in the future. Look out for potential evening classes, a Saturday cafe, gardening daycare and a host of other activities (all in good time!).

Do you have any suggestions of what services or activities you’d like to see us offer?

Would you like to look around and see for yourself what’s available?

We’d love to show off the results of everyone’s hard work. Come along to our open day for a brew, a cake, a chat, and a look around the Centre. The more the merrier!

The Mayor Cllr Anne Kelly has been invited to officially ‘cut the ribbon’ and we’re hoping to be joined by Radio Lancashire for the afternoon.

See you on Thursday May 23rd, 2019.