Open Door names new patron and president

By Jamie Hill - 25 January 2019

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The Open Door Centre, based in Gorse Hill, Swindon, provides a specialist day resource for adults with learning disabilities, who may also have physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.

The Open Door Centre exists to make a positive difference in the lives of adults with learning disabilities, enabling our members to achieve their highest potential.  They do this by providing a range of activities within a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment, and members are involved in every level of decision making about the running of the Centre.  Members are encouraged to be independent adults, understanding their rights and choices, in order to become respected, confident, valued members of society.

Sheila Harrod, of Kentwood Choir, has been named as President of The Open Door Centre, and she will be leading the group of volunteer patrons who lend their support and act as ambassadors for Open Door.

Sharon Lloyd of Spotlight performing arts group has also become a patron, joining Nikki Wilkes of Wilkes Academy, who became a patron last year.

Sheila said:: "I am delighted to be President and special friend of Open Door. I welcome Sharon Lloyd from Spotlight who is joining Nikki Wilkes of Wilkes Academy as our most valuable patrons. 

"I am thrilled that Kentwood Choir’s charity this year will be The Open Door Centre. We want everyone to support this very necessary and rewarding group as much as you can.

Sharon said: "I have worked in education for many years teaching people with learning difficulties and additional needs. I now run Spotlight with a friend, which we started in 2017. We are an inclusive performing arts group and we welcome anyone who feels it is the right group for them to join.

"Open Door is a wonderful place which makes such a positive difference to those who attend. It strives to give independence skills, education and choices to those who attend, in a friendly, supportive environment.

"Long may it continue - I am delighted to become a patron of such a special organisation."

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