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New Options Centre gets a fresh start

Published Monday, 23 February 2015

New Options is Enfield Council’s exciting new centre designed for up to 40 people with a learning disability.

Located just behind the Albany Leisure Centre in the Hertford Road it is a single storey building where people with learning disabilities can participate in activities that help them to achieve increased independence and well- being.

Over the past few weeks staff and users have been settling into the building and enjoying the facilities.

Service users and staff are busy planning activities that will develop new skills and enjoyment. This includes: painting, arts and crafts, music, quizzes, communication and discussions, cooking, keep fit and Zumba and the inevitable socialising and friendships that flow from this.

Designed to the highest standards, the New Options Centre is fully accessible with a large hall; smaller rooms for groups, a kitchen and personal care facilities.

The close links with the park offers the opportunity to continue working closely with Friends of Albany Park and to make use of the gym equipment in the park.

Cllr Don McGowan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care, said, “Centre users and staff contributed their ideas to the design of the new building to improve the quality of service to users but also vastly improving their experience.

“New Options is a terrific community resource for adults with a learning disability. It encourages independence and promotes confidence, health and friendship.

“At the launch of the building a variety of art and craft will be on show as guests and users tour the building.

“Enfield Council’s New Options service deserves its new building where it can continue to develop new activities and encourage excellent achievement in superb facilities.”

The new centre has been designed as a community resource and is available outside the core hours for regular users. To find out more please call 020 8379 5359.

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