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By Heart of England Mencap, Nov 21 2016 03:09PM



THE COMMUNITY came together on Sunday (November 20th) to celebrate the official opening of the improved and refurbished 2nd Malvern Scout HQ.


The building, in Spring Lane, has a new purpose built annexe, specifically designed for people with learning and physical disabilities.


It is now the home of Mencap Pathway – a day service run by Heart of England Mencap offering meaningful leisure and learning opportunities to adults with learning disabilities.


Pathway is now running five days a week, welcoming 10 customers already. Activities being enjoyed include dance and drama, cooking, woodwork, arts and crafts and gardening.


The significant improvements to the building were largely funded by Malvern Mencap with help from the 2nd Malvern Scout Group. The extra activity room and the addition of a personal care suite now opens the facilities up to local people with physical and learning disabilities.


Ken Instan, Chairman of Malvern Mencap, said: "This is the result of a partnership between our society and the 2nd Malvern Scout Group to provide a facility for people with a learning or physical disability, following the closure of the day centre in Geraldine Road. It is now a much-improved resource for both the scouts and the community in general."


Peter Reeve, from the 2nd Malvern Scout Group, added: "2nd Malvern Scout Group is delighted to have partnered with Malvern Mencap to provide this facility, which also provides enhanced facilities for scouting in the Malverns and for the local community."


Ben Davies, Service Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said: “Thanks to Malvern Mencap and the 2nd Malvern Scout Group, local people with learning disabilities have a place to come together and engage in meaningful activities. Pathway is about focusing on abilities and not disabilities. We want to promote health and wellbeing, increase or maintain independence, building confidence and friendships, and have a lot of fun along the way”.


Work on the extension of the Scout HQ began in 2015. The official opening was marked on Sunday (November 20th).


For more information on joining Malvern Pathway - call 01684 577699 or go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk


Heart of England Mencap supports people with learning disabilities across Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Services include supported living, residential care, outreach care and short breaks.



By Heart of England Mencap, Mar 1 2016 09:37AM

Open day to recruit staff - and to welcome service users


FROM karaoke to cooking – a new range of day activities for people with learning disabilities is to launch in Malvern.



Mencap Pathway is a day activity service for people with learning and physical disabilities, providing meaningful leisure and learning opportunities for adults. These range from cooking to keep fit, karaoke to drama, or gardening to reviewing the local news.


Pathway will be run by Heart of England Mencap at the 2nd Malvern Scout Hut in Spring Lane, WR14 1AJ, starting in May once building work on a new annexe is complete.


But – ahead of the service launch – the charity needs to recruit staff and volunteers.


Activity co-ordinators are needed to plan and deliver the Pathway programme, supporting and inspiring Mencap customers.


An Open Day will be held at the Scout Hut on Tuesday March 15th. Running between 1pm and 4pm, anyone interested in working for Heart of England Mencap is invited to attend to find out more. The charity offers daytime hours, competitive pay, full training – and a very rewarding career path.


The Open Day is also an opportunity for potential service-users to go along and find out all about Pathway and the opportunities it offers.


Volunteers are also needed to support Pathway.


Helena Wallis Chief Executive of HofE Mencap, says: “Pathway is about focusing on abilities and not disabilities. We want to promote health and wellbeing and increase or maintain independence, building confidence and building friendships, and having a lot of fun along the way.


“Our launch in Malvern follows a really successful trial – and we look forward to welcoming both familiar and new faces.


“But before we can launch, we need a team - to go to work and make a real difference each day. Our Pathway groups are always full of fun and full of smiles. If you can see yourself supporting and inspiring people with learning disabilities, planning and delivering all sorts of activities, then we’d love to hear from you.


“The care sector is an incredibly rewarding career path – one full of so many possibilities. Our current Operations Manager began her career with us as a support worker.”


Heart of England Mencap has been working with Malvern Mencap and the 2nd Malvern Scout Group to bring Pathway to the town. A new annexe is being built as an extension to the 2nd Malvern Scout HQ, specifically designed for people with learning disabilities. The work was largely funded by Malvern Mencap and the 2nd Malvern Scout Group, with Heart of England Mencap then delivering the Pathway programme.


Heart of England Mencap already runs Pathway groups in Warwickshire.


In Worcestershire, the charity currently offers respite care. Other services include supported living, residential care, outreach care and short breaks.


For more information on joining or working at Pathway please call 01789 298709 or go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk


Heart of England Mencap customers enjoying the Pathway programme

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