Club blooming as it reaches milestone

Feature about group for people with disabilities at Joy Hall - lots more members after being set up a year ago-The whole group assembled at Joy's Hall in South Kirkby
Feature about group for people with disabilities at Joy Hall - lots more members after being set up a year ago-The whole group assembled at Joy's Hall in South Kirkby
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A CLUB which gives confidence to disabled people is going from strength to strength as it celebrates its first birthday.

The group, based at Joy’s Hall, South Kirkby, only had a few members when it started 12 months ago, but thanks to the dedication of its volunteers and a community grant it now has more than 70 users.

It offers a range of activities including table tennis, snooker, and air hockey, as well as offering music, dancing and meals.

Trips to see pantomimes and other outings are also regular opportunities for members - who have learning, mental or physical disabilities.

David Hall, who helped set up the group, said: “It is aimed at those who are vulnerable in the community and gives them the chance to have fun with people who are in similar situations.

“It gives members more confidence and they are able to socially interact, which is really important. They are learning life skills they can use in the outside world.

“Our members are always excited about coming and have a really good time.”

The group is funded by members and ran by Mr Hall and wife Joy, staff from Cartref Care Home, also in South Kirkby, and volunteers.

Mr Hall said: “We always welcome volunteers to come and help out, which is a great help to us and starts them on the ladder to get into the caring profession.”

The group was recently awarded some cash from Gateway - part of the Mencap charity - and used it purchase t-shirts.

Mr Hall said he was elated with how well the group had grown.

The group takes place on Fridays from 6pm until 8pm at Joy’s Hall, on Mill Lane.

Each session costs £3. For more information, contact Mr Hall on 01977 651450.