Fun day for Crawley Works club’s first birthday

The Works, a club supporting adults with learning difficulties is based at the Dormans Youth Arts Centre in Ifield - picture submitted

The Works, a club supporting adults with learning difficulties is based at the Dormans Youth Arts Centre in Ifield - picture submitted

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A club supporting adults with learning difficulties will hold its first anniversary celebrations on Saturday (September 5).

The Works, based at the Dormans Youth Arts Centre in Ifield, will be celebrating with a variety of activities available for people to enjoy from 1-5pm.

Crawley Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement Michael Jones at The Works after the council awarded them a �500 grant. It is a group which runs sports and social activities for adults with learning disabilities, autism and other disabilities - picture submitted by CBC

Crawley Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement Michael Jones at The Works after the council awarded them a �500 grant. It is a group which runs sports and social activities for adults with learning disabilities, autism and other disabilities - picture submitted by CBC

The club aims to support people with learning difficulties in engaging community and social activities whilst building self esteem. The group provides a place for them to go and gives them support.

The birthday event, supported by a £500 grant by Crawley Borough Council will serve as a relaunch for the group as they expand their age range allowing those as young as 16 to join in.

Mo Hussein, 34, an organiser at the club, said: “We decided to reduce the age because there was a market and nothing to do for them. Now they can come and join in.”

The day will feature the Crawley Town Football Club mascot Reggie the Red alongside tractor rides and bouncy castles as well as a band entertaining the crowd. The centre will still be open with computers and pool tables, as well as to serve as a point of contact.

Over the past year the group has been able to give experiences including trips to nightclubs and karate sessions. It has provided arts and crafts workshops to the people at the club. A third nightclub trip is planned for the week after the anniversary celebrations.

Mo, of Lark Rise, Langley Green, said: “It’s been a massive achievement providing support for a whole year.”

In the future the group hopes to be able to get more grants. This would allow the group to go further afield with trips, for instance to London or trips to the theatre.

The youth club runs every Friday from 7pm-9pm at the Dorman Youth Arts Centre on Dormans Road, Gossops Green.

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