Bethphage is delighted to announce that we are the preferred provider of three community services in Shropshire: Oak Farm in Ditton Priors, Innage Lane Day Services in Bridgnorth and The Meres Community Centre in Ellesmere. As the preferred provider we are looking forward to diversifying our areas of expertise and are currently negotiating with Shropshire Council over the transfer of these services from local authority management to the voluntary sector.
- Oak Farm is a well established working farm in the village of Ditton Priors, providing day opportunities for 44 adults with a learning disability. It is well integrated with the local community and is a supplier of farm produce, plants and preserves as well as providing opportunities for training and work experience in horticulture, agriculture and animal husbandry.
- Innage Lane is a day service for 21 adults with a learning disability in Bridgnorth. The building is a regular looking house close to Bridgnorth High Street and the staff team support people to undertake a wide range of activities in the Innage Lane property and the local community.
- The development of Meres Community Centre in Ellesmere will provide community resources alongside the provision of daytime opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, day care for older people, library services and customer services.
Bethphage are thrilled to be given this opportunity to extend our services to a broader range of people within the community and delivering our vision of a society where people with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people. Over the next few weeks, we will seek to put in place formal arrangements for transferring the staff under TUPE regulations, undertake due diligence on the business activities and involve the staff, people who use the services and friends in preparing plans for the ongoing development of these services.