As Menphys heads towards celebrating fifty years of supporting disabled children, young people and their families across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland in 2020, we are delighted to announce an agreement with Leicestershire County Council to take on the Bassett Centre in South Wigston.
The Centre will become the new Menphys Hub providing the charity with both a long-term home, a base for developing and growing services, along with enhancing the support it provides to disabled children, young people, and their families.
In addition to running its own clubs and services, the new Menphys Hub will also incorporate The Hub Coffee Shop and a new Charity Shop. In supporting the local community, Menphys will also re-open and operate the South Wigston Community Library and IT Suite. This will create a number of volunteer and work experience opportunities for both local people and young people with disabilities.
During the summer, Menphys will be carrying out a number of key building works to ensure that the building is fully accessible and will install new specialist Sensory and Therapy Rooms for our various client groups. This work will include the building of a ‘Changing Places’ which is a specialist disabled toilet for people who require additional facilities and is funded by a grant from Leicestershire County Council.
As part of the Hub’s wider role in the community, Menphys will also be hosting the South Wigston Registrar and Adult Learning Service to compliment the range of services on offer and to help maintain The Bassett Centre as an important community resource for local people.
Menphys CEO, Ian Caldwell, said “Our move to the Bassett Centre is a great opportunity for Menphys to build on the success of its existing clubs and activities for disabled children, young people and their families in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, allowing us to extend our reach and capability, whilst also enabling us to develop and grow new services”. He added, “We are looking forward to welcoming both local residents and people from across the city and counties to enjoy the new facilities at The Hub.”
Pam Posnett MBE CC, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, added “I am delighted to welcome Menphys to the Bassett Centre. This is great news for South Wigston and the wider Leicestershire community. I very much look forward to the reopening of South Wigston library, and to the County Council working with Menphys and the community to support the hub.”
As a leading local charity, Menphys has enjoyed the support of the local community, businesses and corporate sponsors for many years. In order to continue its important work for disabled children and young people we need to grow the support of these communities. If you would be interested in supporting Menphys through fundraising, donation, or volunteering please contact Carolyn Pascoe on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01455 323020