Day Activity Centre
Firhouse Day Activity Centre, which is situated in the Firhouse Shopping Centre, caters for adults with a physical disability from the surrounding area. Since it opened thirteen years ago it has proven to be a successful extension to the Central Remedial Clinic´s services for adults in the community.
The centre provides a valuable social outlet.It is bright and airy with a relaxed atmosphere. Activities include arts and crafts, board games, music sessions, music and movement, quizzes, bingo, relaxation and beauty room activities – hairdresser and nail-care. There are outings during the Summer months to various places of interest.
There are currently 50 members on the register, with over 100 attendances weekly. Most clients attend for two days per week and would find a huge gap in their lives without the centre. It helps combat social isolation and maintains motivation and a sense of worth among its clients.
Some clients have an acquired physical disability as a result of a stroke, brain injury or road traffic accident while for others it is due to multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and for some clients it is a congenital disability such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy.
Most clients are collected and dropped home by the CRC transport and a nourishing freshly cooked dinner is provided. For clients who are wheelchair bound attendance at the centre gives them an opportunity to use the services within the Firhouse Shopping Centre, e.g. Post Office, Supervalu etc.
The aims of the Center are to:
- To provide a stimulating environment to adults with physical disabilities aged between 18 – 65 years who live in the surrounding area.
- To help clients acquire interests and skills, that gives them alternate leisure pursuits.
- To provide respite for families and day centre clients.