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Day centre for physically disabled people
The Physical Disability Resource Centre (Balfour Centre)
The Balfour Centre provides a day care service for adults who
have a physical disability. It is supported by trained and
One of the greatest benefits the centre can give to the disabled
person is the companionship of others. Many people with a
disability often find it difficult to meet and socialise with
others without a little help. For them, the Balfour Centre offers a
change from the home environment, an opportunity to discover
different interests and activities (which can be tailored to meet
individual needs) and the opportunity to make new friends. It also
acts as respite care, giving carers and families a break.
The service is client-led and has developed over the years,
constantly improving to meet the changing needs and wishes of
If people who use the centre need help with personal care, the
trained staff will help, ensuring their privacy and dignity is
maintained at all times. This service includes bathing, toileting
and feeding. Every service user is allocated a key worker who will
offer help and support where needed.
Partnership working with the Walter Brice Centre, a health
service facility, has been developed successfully. Specialist
services, such as physiotherapy and occupational health, are
available on referral.
Other specialist services are provided within the centre, such
as a hairdresser, aromatherapist and chiropodist for people who
find it difficult to get to community resources. Occasional visits
by an optician can also be arranged.
Activities at the Balfour Centre
The centre has an extensive range of activities available to its
service users, including:
- a craft group;
- a greenhouse and garden area;
- an art class;
- discussion groups;
- therapeutic exercise programmes;
- a photography class;
- a sensory room;
- a lounge area with TV, audio and video entertainment
- garden relaxation;
- numerous activity areas;
- dedicated Wii room.
To complement the many activities offered in-house, the centre
also uses community resources. These include:
- hydrotherapy pool;
- ten-pin bowling;
- shopping trips;
- visits to places of interest.
Other activities can be arranged, depending on the requests from
the service users and the available resources.
Service users take an active role in identifying what people
want in the centre through a user group. There are annual service
user elections within the centre. Those elected help to make
decisions about services that are offered and form an important
part of the centre.
Subsidised mid-day meals are provided and hot and cold drinks
are available throughout the day. Dietary needs are catered for
whenever possible or service users can bring their own lunches and
have the use of the canteen facility if they choose.
The centre has access to transport to take service users to and
from their homes and to community activities. This is a much
sought-after resource and wherever possible, the centre encourages
service users to use public transport or private or voluntary
People who wish to use the services at the Balfour Centre need
- have a physical disability;
- be referred and supported by a Care Management Team.
The service currently operates from Monday to Friday, between
8.30am and 3.30pm, only closing for bank and statutory