A specialist day resource centre for adults with learning disabilities, the Open Door Centre in Gorse Hill, Swindon, has been able to purchase 72 sets of cutlery and crockery for their members thanks to a charity award from Bath Building Society. The Centre has over 120 people on the register and is attended by around 40 members every day. The grant was awarded as part of the annual charity awards scheme organised by Bath Building Society which recognises local community projects.
Pat Winning, Deputy Manager at the Open Door Centre, comments: “As some of our members are unable to cook for themselves, the food we offer as part of our service is often the only opportunity for them to enjoy a healthy and sustaining meal. Thanks to the grant from Bath Building Society, we were able to buy a brand new set of crockery and cutlery and we can now offer the members a much more enjoyable experience. In the long run we are planning to purchase our own premises and set up a café which can be run by our members and this donation is a stepping stone towards our goal.”
Jonathan Cook, Community and Retail Operations Manager at Bath Building Society, adds: “The Open Door Centre does an amazing job by encouraging and empowering their members to be independent adults. In addition to seven permanent staff, the Centre is also run by a team of seven volunteers and it is organisations such as this one that make a real difference in the community. We hope that our support will help them carry on with the great work they are doing.”
In total seven local community groups and projects shared £5,000 of cash awards as part of the building society’s scheme, with a further four groups receiving hot air balloon tickets which can be used to raise funds to support their activity. The winning charities were chosen from a record number of 53 applications by a panel of judges.
Other winning entries include: Reason; Alice Park Community Group; The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Charitable Fund; Bath Opportunity Pre-School; Paulton Rovers Netball Club; PEOPLE; Friends of PSJ Primary School; Peter Pan Pre-School; Oldfield Park Pre-School and South Wraxall & District Working Men’s Club.