Monday, 22 September 2014

"All Help in One Place" for Area's New Disability Hub for Children



FAMILIES of children with disabilities can now access a range of support and services under one roof at a new disability hub in Dunstable.

The South Hub, which is located on the same site as St Augustine’s Academy Lower School, in Oakwood Road, was officially opened last week.

It provides services for children and young people aged up to 18 with physical and learning disabilities.

It will save families having to make disruptive and time-consuming journeys across the region to access different services, and they can instead easily get all the help they need in one place.

The South Hub, which took around nine months to develop, also offers parents a place to meet up and chat with other families while their children play in the new indoor and outdoor areas.

Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, welcomed the opening of the Hub.

He said: “Many people just think that their council tax is just spent on things like bin collections and repairing potholes, but that is not true – and the South Hub is an excellent example of that.

“This centre is a fantastic place for children and their families, and shows the council’s continued commitment to offering a range of services for children with disabilities.

“I am very proud of the work that our teams are doing to help children with disabilities across Central Bedfordshire, and the fact that families are now able to access everything in one place can only help to improve the service that we offer.”

As well as offering short breaks for children – both during the daytime and also arranging residential stays at the Kingfisher unit in Houghton Regis – the South Hub is now a one-stop shop for advice about medical, financial and well-being issues.

Councillor Caroline Maudlin, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, who officially opened the South Hub, added: “I know that a lot of people have worked very hard to get this centre open.

“Today is a celebration for the various teams who offer services for disabled children and their families across Central Bedfordshire.”

The South Hub is the second to open in Central Bedfordshire. The first, the Ivel Valley Hub, opened last year in Biggleswade, and has proved very popular with families living in the north of Central Bedfordshire.

For more information about services for disabled children and their families in Central Bedfordshire, go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/support-for-families/children-with-disabilities/Children-with-disabilities.aspx



Directions to the South Hub:

Driving: Head south along the A5 out of Dunstable town centre. After the Hartwell Ford car showrooms, turn right into Mayfield Avenue, then turn right into Oakwood Avenue.

Public transport: From Houghton Regis this will require two buses. Take the "A" service towards Luton. Change at College Drive, Dunstable for the Centrebus "B" service to Downside, nr Mayfield Stores (on Mayfield Road), and walk from there. Overall journey time estimated at 24 minutes from Morrisons, Houghton Regis. Timetable planning here: http://is.gd/gotravel