May 24, 2011
club for people with learning difficulties opens in Burnham
A new day centre has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week aimed
at helping people with learning disabilities.
Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close has launched its weekly
Monday Club to provide local people with learning difficulties
the opportunity to meet and socialise.
The club also offers the visitors a chance to participate in a
wide range of activities in line with the new government policy
of social inclusion.
The project has no budget, but founder Julia Elswood told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have started with enthusiasm. Generous donations of time
from our three volunteers have provided what we needed for the
first two open days."
"We have a 'rent holiday' for the hall and hope to get to
break-even before donations in kind and time run out."
added: "I want to offer the opportunity for people to do
ordinary things that a lot of us take for granted such as using
the Internet, socialising and having a laugh. Carers have a tough
job and I want to create an environment that is comfortable and
sociable for them too."
"Members do not have to commit to coming every week. Some
people may like to drop in occasionally, and the 'pay as you go'
system means we need as many members as we can to become financially
"All of the people who have come so far were at a loose end
and were looking for somewhere to go."
Founder members Phil and Andrew - who have learning disabilities
- have also helped to set the project up.
The Monday Club's support service for people with Learning Disabilities
and their carers costs individuals £10 each, including a
Pictured: (Top) Volunteers Sue, Shirley, Phil, Andrew, Julia
Elswood, and town councillor Mike Mansfield celebrating the launch
with orange juice; (Centre) Organiser Julia Elswood and volunteer
organiser Phil; (Above) Carers, members and volunteers at Monday's