Co­me­dian makes the cut at day cen­tre

CO­ME­DIAN AND CAMPAIGNER FRANCESCA MARTINEZ OF­FI­CIALLY OPENS THE POPPY POD DAY CEN­TRE IN BEACONSFIELD

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

AWARD-WIN­NING co­me­dian and dis­abil­ity rights campaigner Francesca Martinez opened a brand new day cen­tre for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties in Den­ham.

Poppy Pod Day cen­tre has been ac­cept­ing vis­i­tors for taster ses­sions and has even won the sup­port of the Beaconsfield Green Party can­di­date Rus­sell Secker, who vis­ited a few weeks ago. He said: “It is won­der­fully equipped and built and fin­ished to an amaz­ingly high stan­dard. This is what so­cial care should look like in the 21st cen­tury.”

The cen­tre has been wel­com­ing peo­ple to try out the fa­cil­i­ties for free, cre­at­ing a group paint­ing in The Art Pod, watch­ing Only Fools and Horses in the cinema room and mak­ing sand­wiches in the Amer­i­can themed diner while lis­ten­ing to songs on the Juke box.

Cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor Amy Hall said: “We are very proud of what we have cre­ated with the day cen­tre at a time when so many coun­cil run es­tab­lish­ments are clos­ing down.

“The day cen­tre of­fers day and evening op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, fo­cus­ing on the devel­op­ment of life skills and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

“We be­lieve that peo­ple have mul­ti­ple styles of in­tel­li­gence.

“We plan to use those styles to un­lock the po­ten­tial in each and ev­ery per­son.”

For more in­for­ma­tion please visit www. the­p­op­py­pod.co.uk

Pho­tos: Gra­hame Larter

Talia Rogers (far left) & Kayleigh Keet (far right), plus day cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Amy Hall

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