Buxton charity expanding into new premises to cope with demand

Bright Opportunities will be expanding into new premises in September
Bright Opportunities will be expanding into new premises in September

A Buxton charity has secured bigger premises so it can reach out and help even more people.

Bright Opportunities, which provides social activities for adults with learning difficulties, has been looking for a larger space to meet the ever growing demands on its services.

While a base will be retained in the Buxton 4 Youth Centre on Market Street, from September the charity will be renting two adjacent properties on Market Street which will act as a reception and life skills centre.

Group director and founder Tracey Green said: “This is the start of a new chapter for us and we are so excited.

“We have a year-long waiting list for some of our services and we have had to stop accepting referrals from social workers as we sadly did not have the space to accommodate any more people, but I’m pleased this will be changing.

“Securing the new premises so close to where we are already based is just wonderful.

“People already know where we are and are familiar with the area, which is very important for some of our autistic clients who may have found moving to a completely new area too much of a challenge.”

Bright Opportunities is a not-for-profit creative community-based day service which seeks to promote choice, opportunity and independence in the way in which its service users decide to use their day, in a personal centered approach.

Currently the service has a total of 57 clients.

Tracey said: “When we set up seven years ago we were only a Saturday club, but there is such a need for the work we do. We now operate six days a week and evenings as well, which is brilliant, but we really needed more space.”

The charity’s new sites will focus on life skills for independent living, something vital for service users.

“Our clients go to school and some on to college, but some do not move out of their parental home because they don’t know enough life skills, so we want to change that,” Tracey added.

“Having the new centre will mean we can offer classes in food shopping, balancing a budget and basic cookery skills, such as making simple meals and sandwiches, so should they choose to go and live away from their parents and carers they have the basic knowledge to be able to confidently go it alone.”