The Alan Shearer Centre sets an example

31 March 2016

Amanda Head explaining the music room facilities to the visitors

The Alan Shearer Centre's social, leisure and short break facilities for people with disabilities have been known and appreciated across our region for a number of years. Now the Centre's much valued services are attracting attention from further afield.

A delegation from the Isle of Man have been taken on a tour by Centre Manager, Amanda Head, after seeking help with their plans for a similar facility on the island.

Andrea Rycroft, the Manx government's Service Lead for Learning Disabilities, saw the Centre's website and contacted Amanda to arrange the visit, along with two disability service commissioners and her Project Manager.

As well as taking the opportunity to quiz Amanda about the day-to-day practicalities of running and developing the centre, the visitors were able to see for themselves how much our members enjoy and benefit from having such specialist facilities available free of charge.

Speaking after the visit, Amanda said, “The commissioners were very impressed with everything we have achieved here and with the new developments we have under way. We have obviously given them plenty to think about and I'm looking forward to seeing how closely their new centre on the Isle of Man mirrors what they saw here today.”