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Learning disability service celebrates 30 years
Learning disability service celebrates 30 years

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Learning disability service celebrates 30 years

Published: 23/08/17

A learning disability service in Ironbridge is marking 30 years in operation with an 80s-themed day of celebration.

The Forbes Close site was founded in 1987, when it served as a permanent home for a number of people with learning disabilities. Now run by Hft, a national charity for adults with learning disabilities, it supports around 90 people, some of whom have been there from day one.  

On Friday 25th August, they will be opening their doors to ex-team members, relatives and the local community for an afternoon of festivities. Staff and supported people have been hard at work preparing for the event, which will include an 80s disco, fancy dress, refreshments, a punch bar and an exhibition of photos and memories from the last 30 years.

As well as supporting residents at the three homes on the site, the Forbes Close team also provide day sessions including gardening, woodwork, photography and catering workshops. An outdoor area incorporates a garden centre which will also be open during the event.

Regional Manager Heather Sinnott: “We’ve come a long way over the last 30 years, and we’re so proud of what our staff teams and the people we support have achieved. Our anniversary is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, which we plan on doing in true 80s style!”

“I’d invite anyone who enjoys a fun day out to join us for the celebrations”.

The Forbes Close site will be open to all from 12pm – 4pm on Friday 25th August 2017. Find it at 2 Forbes Close, Ironbridge, TF7 5LE.

Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services. 

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

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Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

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