Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre (HS4LC) is an inspirational charity providing quality care as well as essential lifelong skills to over 100 adults with learning disabilities in Harrogate.

SASC made an initial £300,000 loan to help purchase Brackenley, a 13 bed care home which was in administration due to mismanagement. After the successful takeover of Brackenley, HS4LC approached SASC to acquire a second care home in Harrogate, a similar sized facility which provides residential care services support 24 hours a day. SASC made another loan and refinanced their existing debt, totaling 785,000 along with a £200,000 Power to Change grant.

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Many people with learning disabilities face inequalities in health and social care as well as a high degree of isolation. HS4LC was formed in 2010 in response to an overwhelming need for support for vulnerable people in Harrogate and has grown into a thriving education and community centre for people with learning disabilities. As well as day care, they offer structured adult education courses, information, advice, guidance whilst providing a year round support centre where people can learn new skills and take an active part in their local community.

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SASC made an initial loan to help purchase Brackenley, a 13 bed care home which was in administration because of mismanagement. After the successful takeover of Brackenley, SASC helped HS4LC purchase its second care home in Harrogate, a similar sized facility called Briardene.  The residential care services support people 24 hours a day to lead full lives, within the local community.

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The investment is directly helping to protect and improve the livelihoods of 26 adults with learning disabilities as well as safeguard the jobs of 35 people with the creation of 2 new additional posts. By running the care homes, HS4LC will also generate a surplus which will be reinvested into new services such as housing related support, sheltered workshops and training and employment opportunities for their clients.