MP Mike Kane attended a celebration event with Parent Carers of Children and Adults with additional learning needs. The event was to celebrate the success of the project which is currently based in Alpha House on Rowlands Way (next door to Gala Bingo) Mr Kane joined with parents and representatives from the local community, support services and the local council.
This was to share experiences and to talk about ways in which to work together to provide a continued quality service for parents in South Manchester. The service is currently provided with funding from the mental health and wellbeing grant through Manchester City Council and ongoing fundraising.
Emma Gerrard the Centre Manager said the success of the project was down to the team approach and the dedication of the volunteers who are all carers for a child or adult with learning difficulties. Mr Kane was able to relate to the challenges and isolation faced within a caring role.
The team also wanted to celebrate the launch of the new branding “Lifted” – Elevating Parent Carer’s of Children and Adults with Special Learning Needs. This was with thanks to graphic designer Fiona Otoo a Trustee and Parent Carer who consulted with those using the service to design and produce a logo that represented the impact the service had on families.
On the day funds were also boosted by £200 through a raffle, tombola and cake sale. All proceeds will go back into the centre and future development of the service. With thanks to Costa Coffee, the Gift Doctor and the Met Stop Diner for the donations.
The service currently operates from Monday – Thursday 10 – 3 and offers appointments for advice and guidance, craft activities, information events and a drop in service. For additional information contact: (0161) 498 0312.