First glimpses of Greenwood

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First glimpses of Greenwood

This autumn, residents who currently attend Highgate, Mayfield, Peperfield and New Shoots day centre services will move into their new facilities at the Greenwood Centre. To help those who will be moving familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, we invited them on a series of special summer tours to see the building as it nears completion.

Preetibala Patel, who will be making use of the centre as part of Camden Borough User Group (CBUG) said, ‘from a user of the centre’s perspective it’s lovely. It’s nicely constructed and very light with lots of open space where service users could come together for special occasions.’

The new facilities include art rooms and music rooms where everyone can get creative and feel empowered to express themselves. In addition, there are balcony spaces and a roof top garden with plenty of sunshine to start growing a vibrant array of flowers and vegetables.

When it opens, the Greenwood Centre will be a vital resource for residents living with learning difficulties or mental health issues. It will also be home to Camden’s first Centre for Independent Living, which will be run by a group of voluntary sector disability organisations that look to offer activities and services that support independence.

Each service moving into the centre will also retain their own dedicated space, as well as benefitting from shared areas where residents can get together and make connections crucial to independent living.

The new facilities at Greenwood have only been possible through our Community Investment Programme. A unique project in the programme, Greenwood will offer empowering opportunities to some of Camden’s most vulnerable residents, as well as eight wheelchair accessible homes close to the centre, which will be built in the coming year. Spaces in Greenwood are also open to the rest of the local community, with rooms available to hire to local residents and community groups.

The Greenwood Centre will also enable us to support people and communities in Camden, giving service users more independence and control over their lives. Through our care services, we plan to focus on what is most important to them, to recognise their strengths and their networks and to help people to stay connected in their communities.

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