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Dance contest funds new ‘home from home’

Mandy Himpson looks on as service users Matt Wilson and Penny Walker get cooking in the new kitchen NNL-141007-100612001

Mandy Himpson looks on as service users Matt Wilson and Penny Walker get cooking in the new kitchen NNL-141007-100612001

Adults with learning disabilities are learning new life skills thanks to a fundraising version of Strictly Come Dancing.

More than £5,000 was raised at the dance contest and charity Livability, which supports vulnerable men and women, has used the money to build a new ‘home from home’ apartment at its Brackley day centre. The unit helps disabled people learn to cook, wash, clean, iron and do other household tasks.

The new training facility is a first for the charity and is part of its ambition to provide disabled men and women with the skills to live independent lives.

Livability’s service manager Mandy Himpson and team leader Ross Potter raised the money by taking part in Brackley’s ‘Strictly’ competition in August last year.

Ms Himpson said: “We are grateful to Step by Step Dance School for putting up with our attempts at dancing last summer – and to all the other dancers who gave their time and donated money to allow us to kit out this fabulous facility, which will give so much to so many people.

“We must also thank the audiences who attended and local companies who donated raffle prizes.

“The training facility will enable our disabled customers to learn independent living skills including how to cook a meal, stay safe within the home and care for their living space.

“It will provide real independence for disabled people in south Northants.”

The unit has a fully-equipped modern kitchen, dining room and bedroom – and disabled users learn how to prepare meals, change bed linen, and cope with ironing and other household jobs that most people take for granted.

Livability provides support for disabled people through its Lifestyle Choices scheme.

 

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