New opportunities dawn for the disabled

Galashiels, Scotland, UK. - 12 Nov 2013 : 'Reiver Industries in Tweedbank, Galashiels. Scheduled for closure in March 2014''(Photo by  Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)
Galashiels, Scotland, UK. - 12 Nov 2013 : 'Reiver Industries in Tweedbank, Galashiels. Scheduled for closure in March 2014''(Photo by Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)
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Borders social work bosses have responded to fears by parents about what they claim is a gap in day-care provision.

Last week The Southern reported worries that, with the looming closure of three centres for adults with learning difficulties, there were not enough alternatives available.

Day-care facilities in Galashiels and Selkirk, together with Reiver Industries in Tweedbank, are all to close.

But although there were delays in tendering, Scottish Borders Council has now commissioned a new day-opportunities service to be based at the old Borders College building in Galashiels.

Tricia Hunter, a learning disability service manager, said the delay was unavoidable due to strict regulations.

She added: “We understand it will have caused some people and their families some uncertainty, and for this we are very sorry.

“We are now keen to help our service users take advantage of the new service which will provide new, exciting opportunities, and in some cases prevent the need for lengthy journeys to day centres in other towns.”

The tender for the new central Borders service has gone to Cornerstone, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

And SBC has also reached an agreement in principle for new training for work and work experience to be developed by the Brothers of Charity in Tweedbank.

The local authority has also developed a close partnership with Borders College to provide new opportunities through continuous learning and development courses.

Ms Hunter added: “We’re confident the new service provided by Cornerstone, the Brothers of Charity developments at Tweedbank, the new college courses and all the other community activities will enhance the lives of people with a learning disability in the central Borders and provide support, confidence and reassurance to family carers.”