On a sunny winter’s day, Mayor of Merton Councillor Mary Curtin officially opened the Leyton Road Community Resource Centre.
The ceremony was held on Wednesday 30 January and attended by The Leader of the Council, Cllr Stephen Alambritis, ward councillors, Wally Downes, Manager of AFC Wimbledon and Ivor Heller, Director of AFC Wimbledon.
Leyton Road is the new home of the High Path Centre, which has moved as part of the planned new Harris Academy development. Located in Colliers Wood, the new centre will provide day services for adults with learning disabilities. The centre, which was designed in consultation with service users and their families, now has a state-of-the-art music therapy room, art room, relaxation area, garden and fully fitted kitchen.
The core users of the service are people with a learning disability, who were joined by friends and colleagues from Merton’s other day services as well as their parents and carers.
The centre is a community hub, hosting voluntary groups who were all represented at the opening ceremony including the Uptown Youth Group, WIFFA (West Indian Families and Friends Association) and PHAB Club.
Special guests from the management team of AFC Wimbledon and Haydon the Womble, the club mascot, reflect the close ties between AFC, the staff and clients of the day service. The club have supported the clients throughout the years with day trips to matches, joint ventures and fundraising.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I would like to welcome everyone to the Leyton Road Community Resource Centre. This service is an example of the council’s commitment to providing vital services to the most vulnerable in our community. I would also like to thank all the families, council staff and volunteers who have worked together to ensure that this state-of-the-art facility is available to serve the whole community.”