Eastbourne Mencap has unveiled their new-look Hive today (28 July).
After receiving donations from the community and other charities, they’ve done up their site in Pevensey Road and have introduced a new range of activities for their members, to ensure they can accommodate everyone, regardless of their age. It’s also hoped other user groups around the town, looking for a more central location, will use the space for their meetings and activities.
Natalie Harding, CEO of Eastbourne Mencap said, “We’re trying to develop a social side for people, because a lot of people in the community don’t really have a chance to meet with other people, so people come here. We’ve got a soft eating area, we’ve got a cafeteria we’re opening to provide hot meals and we’re trying to look at the day care activities that we offer, to try and do something different. We’re now introducing golf, Zumba, sailing, drama, out and about groups, so it’s a much more engaging environment that we’re now offering.”
Andrew Billing, Day Service Manager at the Hive said, “There’s been a big transformation both inside and outside and it’s taken a lot of hard work. We hope to get Eastbourne Mencap back out into the community, for people in the community to come in and use the service and to have more stuff going on for people with learning disabilities in the area. We’re also going to be doing courses to teach independent skills, like cooking.”
Cutting the ribbon on the newly refurbished Hive, was Stephen Lloyd MP, who said, “It looks absolutely brilliant, very spacious, very colourful. But the other thing they’ve made clear to me, that it’s such a nice venue and so central, that they want other groups to make use of it and to get in touch with them. As well as that, it’s just a lovely venue for all the service users of Mencap. It looks wonderful.”
You can see photos from the opening here.