New centre to help learning disabled opens in Burnley

2-year-old Arthur Herbert in the sensory room at the new disabled activity centre on Saunder Bank in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
2-year-old Arthur Herbert in the sensory room at the new disabled activity centre on Saunder Bank in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

A BRAND new centre devoted to helping people with learning disabilities get the most out of life, has opened in Burnley.

Charter House Activity Centre and Sensory Room is the brainchild of husband and wife Jason and Carolyn Smith who have decades of experience between them of working with people with special needs. A former chemists in Saunder Bank has been transformed into the centre that boasts a large activity hall, kitchen and sensory room. The pair both gave up their jobs, Carolyn as a team leader and Jason as a support worker, to plough their time, cash and energy into Charter House.

Paul Fletcher opening the disabled activity centre and sensory room on Sauder Bank in Burnley with owners Jason and Carolyn Smith.'Photo Ben Parsons

Paul Fletcher opening the disabled activity centre and sensory room on Sauder Bank in Burnley with owners Jason and Carolyn Smith.'Photo Ben Parsons

Explaining the reason behind the ambitious project, Jason said: “We both felt the services we worked in were at the front line of cuts. The centre is open to anyone, not just people with special needs. We offer long or short-term sessions with a full range of activities and we are also looking to use the centre as place for children’s birthday parties.’’

Although privately run, Jason and Carolyn are working closely with social services. The centre has been up and running for a month and it was officially opened by Burnley Football Club’s chief executive Mr Paul Fletcher.