In September 2014, we commenced a contract to offer and deliver day opportunities at four hubs and associated projects in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, and Leominster.
We're excited about developing our work in the county of Herefordshire and in December 2014, we held a series of consultation meetings with people we support, staff, families, carers and significant others. The purpose was to seek views and ideas to support the future development of partnerships and opportunities which enable people to meet their desired outcomes, and also deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions.
We’ve been busy writing and publishing our findings and it's clear that people accessing the hubs value the services highly, enjoying a range of the fantastic groups, projects and enterprises. However, people are asking for change; to develop different projects and more social enterprise schemes which offer work experience and vocational skills to help towards gaining paid employment.
So, we’re planning exactly that; in Leominster we're developing a business plan to integrate existing projects.
The Music Box shop will close and re-open as a furniture and home store. Items designed and produced at Tip Top workshop will be sold in the new shop. The store will provide work experience and retail training. Tip Top will further increase woodwork and design opportunities and there are plans to introduce clay and pottery work.
Involved with Herefordshire Activities Together group (HAT), we're working alongside other day service providers and charities and looking to develop partnership schemes, sharing ideas and experiences to encourage community-based activities.
In Ross-on-Wye we plan to expand our café services in the community centre where the café operates, to include increased seating, allowing more customers to enjoy fresh coffee and homemade cakes and snacks.
In our café in Hereford, we aim to develop a bread making project and we're currently seeking funding for the necessary equipment. This project will have many benefits and provide social value. We'll be able to offer customers local homemade bread, therapeutic activity, and opportunities for people with learning disabilities to develop new skills.
As well as providing a range of day opportunities, we're also expanding our offer to include supported living and flexible, enabling services, to support people to contribute to, and succeed in their community.
Children and young people
Brandon is looking to develop support opportunities for children and young people with learning disabilities and autism in Herefordshire, based on the support models we’ve successfully used in other areas.
We work alongside families to build a package of support that fits their unique circumstances and are open to discussion with families and local authority commissioners.
We can provide regular weekly support in the family home and local community, from a few hours per week to 24/7 support, depending on assessed need. We can also design short breaks on a 1:1 or small group basis, offering opportunities for the young person to spend time away from home, try new activities, increase independence, and make new friends.
Herefordshire area office
Waterwells Business Park
01452 886 307
01452 886 436
Regional Director - Ingrid Vlam
01452 886 307
If you'd like to chat to someone about a service, contact Debbie Holloway on:
01452 886 307 / 07464 670 470
If you'd like to make a referral, download and complete the referral form (pdf) and email back to Debbie Holloway.
Alternatively, you can post your referral to the Gloucestershire office.