“In other cases, we have helped people who have poor literacy.
“They are people who wouldn’t benefit from a traditional service from the council.
“Our volunteers can put in some dedicated time that a member of staff couldn’t do.”
Gateway to Care has been running since 2008.
SALLYANNE Green felt there were not enough opportunities for disabled adults – so she decided to do something about it.
And now she has set up a truly remarkable day centre that puts disabled people right at the heart of the community.
For 70% of businesses in Slaithwaite have people from Waves working within their shops or businesses for one hour or more each week, ranging from hairdressers to doing ironing.
The centre – designed to give adults with learning difficulties help discovering how to live more independent lives – has chickens and an allotment.
And the eggs and vegetables are donated free to Slaithwaite Meals On Wheels to serve to 20 elderly people in that area of the Colne Valley.
Sallyanne and her son, Ben Wright, established the 2,500 sq metre centre at Upper Mills last September.
Both had worked for Kirklees College before leaving last April to set up the new centre.
Waves now cares for 24 people aged from 19 to 55 and includes an arts and craft area and a pets’ corner. There is also an enterprise area where members put on events like fashion shows.
And Waves includes a cottage where members learn life skills including making the bed, choosing clothes and setting the table.
Sallyanne said: “I did not feel there was enough provision and what we wanted to offer needed to include a large independent living element.’’
Slaithwaite man Michael Blake has nominated the centre for an Examiner Community Award.
He said: “Waves provides a level of care for young people with learning disabilities which I think is unrivalled anywhere else in the North of England.
“Sallyanne refuses to acknowledge that people with physical and learning disabilities should be treated any differently to anyone else.
“She encourages those who attend Waves to take ownership of the running the centre by filling roles including gardening manager, maintenance manager and receptionist. They also interview new staff and organise fundraising.
“Sallyanne also helps members integrate in the community by their roles in local shops and businesses.
“Everyone who comes into contact with the centre comes away inspired by Sallyanne’s energy and vision.”
DAVID Brown Gear Systems is proud sponsor of the Community Project of the Year award at the Examiner Community Awards.
David Brown encompasses the knowledge and experience gained from 150 years in high precision engineering since we were founded in Huddersfield.
We pride ourselves in the skills and responsiveness of our people and our ability to producing high quality volume or bespoke engineering solutions to any application requiring transmission technologies, from nuclear submarines to wind turbines.
We also realise that capability is nothing without individual customer service and quality assurance.
As a key employer in Huddersfield, we encourage all of our 450 employees to get involved in community work.
Examples of this are mentoring students, working with local schools on the Go Kart Challenge (in partnership with Huddersfield Town), mock interviews and regular opportunities for work experience.
In 2010 – our 150th year – we raised more than £25,000 for local charities through various employee sponsorship events, including the It’s A Knock Out family fun day, a David Brown’s Got Talent evening, a 5-a-side competition and many more successful events.
This year David Brown is continuing to work closely with the Engineering Development Trust in both the Engineering Education Scheme as well as taking part in Go4Set – a new EDT initiative – to stimulate the interest of young people in science, engineering and technology.
We value our place in the region and we are mindful that we have a responsibility to be good neighbours and support the development of the wider community.