A community organisation has been ensuring its members have stayed connected during the current surreal situation of the coronavirus pandemic. EqualBase, which has been running in the Moorlands for three years, is a Community Interest Company which is situated at The Old Library in Leek Road, Cheadle.The service offers fun and meaningful day opportunities and activities to adults with learning disabilities. Staff support the members in working towards their chosen outcomes.
A community organisation has been ensuring its members have stayed connected during the current surreal situation of the coronavirus pandemic.
EqualBase, which has been running in the Moorlands for three years, is a Community Interest Company which is situated at The Old Library in Leek Road, Cheadle.The service offers fun and meaningful day opportunities and activities to adults with learning disabilities. Staff support the members in working towards their chosen outcomes.
Managing Director of EqualBase Tracey Rowe said: “Due to the temporary closure of our premises following government guidelines, we have been offering an alternative service throughout lockdown to ensure our members stay connected to their friends and easing any anxieties caused by these strange testing times.
“We initially distributed items from the base that the members enjoyed whilst attending, including arts and craft packs, laptops, flip chart and sensory objects.
“We also set up a parent/carers group through WhatsApp as it was a great way to keep in touch and use this to distribute any updates on the current situation.”
WhatsApp sessions have also been organised including keep fit and quizzes, while FaceTime between members and family have also been very popular.
Tracey said: “As the weeks turned into months we looked into other ways we could support our members.
“As lockdown eased we were able to support our members to visit their friends, friendships they have made from accessing the base.
“With the lovely weather we had in April and May it made it perfect for garden visits. During the not so sunny weeks we were still able to incorporate some lovely walks.
“As well as continuing with the alternative service we have offered so far, we are now organising a monthly competition for all our members.
“In July we were so grateful to Asda Cheadle for donating a wonderful arrangement of biscuits and decorating items for our ‘biscuit decorating’ competition.
“Packs were delivered to all our members and the entries were outstanding. We await the competition winner who will be chosen by the manager of Asda Cheadle.
“We will be holding a bread design competition in August and look forward to seeing the entries.
“As we continue to complete the relevant paperwork to ensure the safe return of our members and staff we are also organising sessions through Zoom and weekly outdoor sessions at the local Rec.
“We have also secured a voucher from Morrisons in Cheadle. Many thanks go to Phillip the Community Champion.
“This will support us to organise a competition for August, which will be ‘battle of the breads.’
“The best loaf design will be chosen by Phillip at the end of the month.”
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