Disability centre upgrade unveiled

Cllr Colin Belsey cutting the ribbon to the centre along with Helen Simmons who is the unit manager
Cllr Colin Belsey cutting the ribbon to the centre along with Helen Simmons who is the unit manager

MAJOR improvements to a centre in Eastbourne for children and young people with disabilities have been officially unveiled.

The project to improve East Sussex County Council’s Sorrel Drive Children’s Resource Centre, which was completed in June, was given an official seal of approval with a formal opening on Wednesday.

Various centre users, including families and disabled young people, county council officers and councillors attended the event including Councillor Colin Belsey, the council’s Lead Member for Children and Families.

Under the £900,000 project a new outdoor play area has been created along with better indoor play and outreach facilities.

As part of the work on the centre the sensory room has also been modernised and other parts of the building have been refurbished, including a remodelled main entrance to provide ramped access.

The resource centre, which houses a residential unit rated outstanding by Ofsted, provides a range of support services for young people with disabilities.

It is also an office base for social work teams, outreach workers, therapy services, an after school clubs service and support workers.

Cllr Belsey said, “This is an important resource centre used by a lot of local people.

“This grant has been put to really good use and has made a huge difference.

“The new play spaces and rooms have improved things considerably for families who use the centre, and staff now have much better areas to operate from.”

Mainly providing services for families living with disabilities, Cllr Belsey said the improvements had been purpose-built.

The work has been carried out by contractors Morgan Sindall Plc.

Cllr Belsey said, “The centre looks fantastic and I’m delighted we’ve been able to make such a difference to so many families who rely on the services they receive here.”