A MALVERN day care centre have shared their delight after receiving more funding to help with their vital support of adults experiencing learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Jacks Place (JP) Care are celebrating £20,000 in funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund (Core Funding) which will be used to supplement the community interest company’s running and staffing costs.
The day care centre, which was founded in 2008, is nestled on a farm in the small village of Berrow near the Malvern Hills and is overseen by two full time staff, four part time staff and one volunteer.
It was founded by Hannah James who worked in care for many years before setting up Jacks Place to provide a centre with more meaningful, stimulating activities – something she frustratingly believed was lacking in the industry.
Hannah James, managing director at JP said: “we’re absolutely elated that Severn Trent has recognised our work in this way.
“Thanks to the funding we are able to continue to provide a bespoke day care offer in our district.
“This is important because we contribute to the overall well-being, development and social inclusion of our clients, as well as provide much needed support and respite for their families and care givers.”
The centre is open every week day offering social, creative and physical activities for its 16 regular clients and is the only day care environment of its kind in the district.
Attendees help with daily tasks on the farm, interact with peers and build meaningful relationships to promote wellbeing.
A client at JP said: “I have been coming to Jacks Place for over 20 years and I love it here.
“We are like a family and we all play, learn, laugh and do loads of activities that I love.
“I would have nowhere to go in the day time if I did not come and I would have no network of friends or support.”
Severn Trent’s funding which grants cash to help facilitate community well-being under the ethos of ‘people, places and environment’ will help sustain Jacks Place for the next 12 months.
Jade Gough, a Severn Trent community fund officer, said: ‘’Jacks Place is a fantastic facility, offering a welcoming, caring and inclusive environment for people.
“We’re really pleased to be able to support the amazing work they do and help them keep being there for the people they care for and their families.’’
Visit https://www.facebook.com/Jacksplacefarm to keep up to date with the centre.