Introducing Creative Day Care: Hull and East Riding
I would like to introduce you to Creative Day Care, a local centre of excellence for adults with learning and other disabilities based at The BGCA Charity – a modern building regarded for thirty years of social initiatives. Along with our partner Scarborough branch, we focus on creativity through the ‘Route 66’ music group, performing arts, artisan baking, and gardening, nature, friendships, ‘adventure days’ out, independence and social integration.
As a Hull City Council approved provider we deliver an informal daytime programme geared for adults with mild to severe disabilities – adults that are less suited to structured education environments or traditional ‘care provision’ – to attend alone or with a PA (we discovered quite some time ago that PA’s can often be at a loss for a destination – we solve that problem too).
Our aim is to promote independence and provide our members with the chance to explore new ideas and pathways, which through creativity can ‘help the mask of a disability slip’, even if just a little. Members can flow freely between projects through the day, without pressure, with new activities added frequently.
We fully understand that joining a new provider can be daunting and great care needs to be taken to ensure it’s the right route taken, to which end we offer as many taster sessions as needed that will help a member decide on their fit.
Member welfare is so important to us: our team naturally cares rather than being paid to care. We also have a dedicated quality assurance officer for oversight of all risk matters.
We’re so pleased with what the Creative Days programme at Creative Day Care has become: the ease in which members walk through the door tells us every morning they are home; the engagement and sharing between one another; the group inclusion; the spirit and energy of the place; we’re pleased to be the alternative place.
Member services are paid through a personal budget, direct payment or privately. If a member needs increased financial support to attend we offer several scholarship-funded programmes so to include all. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
We encourage anyone – member, family, care team, support staff, social services, and health practitioners – to come and see what we do; meet other members and staff and take part in some of our projects.