Having been a focus for learning disabled adults – and a place where they have gone for regular support in literacy, numeracy and independent living skills – the Eastleigh Advocacy Centre on Leigh Road is due to shut it’s doors this summer, due to lack of funding.
The organisation was started with the help of One Community some 20 years ago and has worked tirelessly ever since to improve the lives of the towns learning disabled residents.
Ironically the membership has been steadily growing in recent years, and has just set up a pen pal system for their members with a similar self advocacy group in Massachusetts USA.
The group are currently suffering difficult times, as well as the loss of their centre, they sadly lost founding member and supporter Liz Niziolek who passed away on 9th May. The group have vowed to try and continue running a service by renting rooms for their meetings and activities.
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Alongside the loss of the advocacy centre, it has also been confirmed that the Bishopstoke day services centre, another lifeline of support for learning disabled adults, is due to close this August.
The site, at the end of Breach Lane, will be bulldozed to make way for more retirement homes.
Some staff will be retained in order to try and continue to run a service on an outreach basis, again renting spaces, rather than having a proper building to work from.
This all means a huge amount of upheaval, uncertainty and a great sense of loss for learning disabled adults from all over the borough.