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The Shaw Centre’s First Open Day at Redbank House

the shaw centre open day

On Thursday 14th June, The Shaw Centre held its first Open Day at our Redbank House premises. Their first ever Open Day dates back all the way to 1990. Guests were welcomed by the Chairman of the charity, Dave Williams. The first speaker, John Rouse, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, was invited to give his speech. Laughter was spread around the room as he opened the event with, “It’s an exciting day of the year – the first day of The World Cup!”

The afternoon began with service users playing the drums, which is one of their weekly activities at the learning disability day centre. The room was filled with people and everybody smiled as they saw the joy in the service users’ faces having fun.

A life-enhancing journey

looking at the shaw centre journey

Following from the first part of the event, Dave had the following to say about our venue and to those who have been involved throughout the years:

It’s a very different place – it’s a delight to us all to have such a lovely space. Thanks to all of those who have supported us. We aim to continue to provide a quality of provision.

John expressed that Greater Manchester Health and Social Care aim to help on a Greater Manchester perspective supporting voluntarily led organisations. He expressed how life-enhancing The Shaw Centre’s journey has been – “Who could ask for more than that?”

Next, Mary Shaw’s daughter, Susan Samson, who is a Trustee at The Shaw Centre gave her speech. It was nice to have a moment of remembrance for Mary Shaw – the inspiration behind the name of the organisation. She explained that:

Small beginnings have lead to where we are today… This light and airy building has lifted our spirits.

Learning about self defence

david demonstrating self defence

Nicola, manager of The Shaw Centre welcomed members of staff from Evade – a martial arts and performance centre in Manchester. They had 5 service users who volunteered to take part in self defence demos to show us all what they had learnt. An area they focused on was a ‘drill of sensitivity’. Melissa, Paul, Charlene, David and Laura participated. The Evade team were excellent at keeping the activity as interactive as possible and keeping the service users focused.

A poem by Gwen, a service user who loves to write poetry, ended the speeches. We particularly loved the line ‘The world is my oyster with too much to see.’ Guests continued to enjoy the afternoon eating lunch and chatting away to service users and people involved with The Shaw Centre over the years.

Thank you to Nicola and the team for having us there. We think you’re doing an amazing job. Visit the charity’s website to learn more about the learning disability day centre.


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