Huge revamp of disabled access at Cliffe House in Shepley
DISABLED children celebrated a £1.2m revamp at a grand house used by over 6,000 Kirklees youngsters each year.
Recent extensive building work has made Cliffe House in Shepley fully accessible for local disabled children.
Young people with disabilities can now appreciate all the facilities on offer at the residential field study and conference centre seven miles south east of Huddersfield.
Groups with disabilities will now be able to use the site on both day visits and overnight stays.
John McGranaghan, from Kirklees Council’s children with a disability team, said: “The accessibility conversion has been made to several buildings and the car park.
“This includes a six-bed residential suite, a day visit room with catering and shower facilities, ramps, hoists and the widening of doorways, paths and gates.”
Also on site is an accessible woodland adventure play area and a wheelchair-accessible pond dipping area.
The money for the project came from the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, and the Extended Schools Capital Allocation.
The Young People’s Activity Team at Kirklees Council invited disabled youngsters to see the new facilities yesterday.
And they organised a fun-packed day of activities including Indian storytelling, music and Bollywood dancing, street dance, DJing and karaoke, woodland crafts and donkey rides.
Cliffe House is a listed Victorian building at Lane Head Road and is set within 15 acres of gardens and grounds.
It can now provide residential short breaks to support disabled children and young people who wish to make use of its new accessible facilities.
The disabled young person who receives a residential service must be supported by a carer or be part of a group of people which brings along a support service.
Visit www.cliffehouse.co.uk for more information.