Located on the beautiful Moor Park Avenue to the north of the city centre, the Lancashire daytime hub in Preston is our day opportunities base providing educational, vocational and enterprise activities for adults over 16 with autism.
The building overlooks the leafy, open green space of Moor Park which not only provides a calming, tranquil scene but offers a huge range of options for outdoor activities – from working with other local community centres to manage our own allotment and grow vegetables, to outdoor photography sessions or using the park’s facilities to play a sport, such as tennis or cricket.
Our centre offers a variety of courses, activities and opportunities to participate in the local community, all in an accommodating and positive environment. We will support each person to take part in the things that will build on their strengths and help develop their confidence and self-esteem, and we are flexible to ensure that the support each person receives is adapted to their needs and aspirations.
People can access the service on weekdays, and as our programmes are fully tailored to each individual they can come in for one session, for half a day or a full day.
Environment and facilities
The centre provides a supportive space where activities and environments are tailored to the activities we provide and for people with autism: from a spacious kitchen where people can learn cooking skills and put them to practice by preparing food for others, to a therapy room allowing a quiet space to relax. People here have been involved in creating sensory tiles for decoration, as well as recording music using our recording equipment, various musical instruments, microphones and a Soundbeam device.
Our bright, spacious rooms look out onto Moor Park, a large green area that we benefit greatly from for our outdoor activities. Whilst we are based in calm, leafy surroundings, we are also only a ten minute walk from the centre of Preston so we can easily access the ample facilities the city has to offer, from a leisure centre, shopping and restaurants to local social groups and events. We also have a partnership with a local sensory and activity centre that caters for people with autism.
Leisure and learning activities
At the Preston resource centre we use imaginative and varied teaching strategies to meet the individual needs of each person with autism, through a range of sessions including one to one, group workshops and short courses. Each session is adapted to the individuals to incorporate a variety of learning methods, from social stories and role play to video diaries and experiential learning.
Our team includes specialist trainers who run our vocation and education based sessions; a professional photographer leads our photography courses, our music and drama modules are run by a specialist tutor and experienced social work trained staff provide training in social skills through the Socialeyes programme
. We also deliver key skills learning opportunities such as literacy, numeracy and computer skills in our modern IT suite, and our packages can lead to qualifications in ASDAN, for example in horticulture, music, drama, media and photography or cooking.
Some of our short courses offer a range of approaches to choose from - for example in ICT we can cover graphics software, apps and iPads, internet use and safety, multimedia and communications systems. Our drama courses include employability scenarios, social skills and confidence building and in music you can choose from song writing, composition and forming a cover band. Our emphasis is placed on applying the skills people have learnt to new situations.
Activites and support we offer
At the resource centre:
In the community:
- ICT skills
- creative writing
- employment skills
- social skills
- living skills including cookery, budgeting, public transport, shopping, personal hygiene and self- advocacy
- sensory room
- ASDAN accredited learning programmes.
- social groups
- leisure centre
- restaurants and pubs
- cinema trips
- SPACE activity and sensory centre
- NAS enterprise opportunities
- cycle sessions in the park
- tending to our allotment.
Our diverse and dedicated team are innovative and considerate in their approach and do everything with the needs and aspirations of each person at the centre of everything they do. Each person has an individual plan and together with their key worker they decide what they want to do and take part in drawing up their own plan. We also involve family, carers, friends and staff to ensure that we are meeting the needs of that person.
Every member of staff is trained to support people with autism and continues to expand their expertise throughout their career. Our courses are led by experienced professionals and we staff every activity according to each person’s needs.
How to access our support
There are several ways you can pay for support through our daytime hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.