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Hunter Lodge – The Perfect 10
Wednesday 2nd June, 2010

Hunter Lodge – The Perfect 10
L-R Bernard Walker (Executive Director, Health & Wellbeing), Nicola Swift (Development Worker), Pat Baxter and Neil Speakman (Service users), Mayor Cllr Michael Winstanley

It’s been a lifeline for many in Wigan Borough.

A safe haven for people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments and brain injuries.

And now Hunter Lodge in Marsh Green, is 10 years-old.

On Friday May 28 the Wigan Council day centre came of age in style with a special birthday cake and a visit from Mayor of Wigan Cllr Mike Winstanley.

An invited audience of more than 70 people, including service users, staff and senior council officers heard more about the journey so far for Hunter Lodge.

Jennifer Clough who is the centre supervisor, says the beauty of Hunter Lodge is that the people who use it helped to create it.

"People who use the day centre not only designed it but help kit it out,” says Jennifer. “They even interviewed all the staff. People who come here can enjoy a whole host of wonderful activities from swimming to drama, cultural studies, health walks, badminton, table-tennis."

The centre is open from 9am until 4.30pm daily has nine staff and two transport staff supporting the 70 people who use the service.

Jennifer adds: "It’s all about working in partnership. Members and staff work together to contribute equally to the daily running of the clubhouse. The aim is to support and develop each person’s abilities in ways which are meaningful and valuable to that person. Members take part in natural occurring tasks which ensure the smooth running of the house."

Wigan Council’s Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing Bernard Walker says Hunter Lodge is a great example of the council’s agenda to put people first.

“This special club house has been living this reality for a decade,” says Mr Walker. “It is a really good example of what an excellent day centre can be. People are supported by trained staff who help them to develop the skills they need to reach their goals and strive for greater independence. This can be a college course, voluntary work or supported employment scheme but whatever it is, it all begins at Hunter Lodge, so we’d like to wish it a very happy birthday and many more!”

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