A charity set up 5 years ago to save the closure of a residential scheme supporting adults with learning disabilities in Lancashire is fighting back from lockdown with the appointment of a dynamic new manager.
Stanley Grange Community Association has appointed Harriet Roberts to develop fundraising, communications, corporate partnerships and links with the local community at Stanley Grange in Samlesbury, Lancashire.
She joins Operational Network Manager, Lorraine Chapman-Linnett who is employed by partners, Future Directions the organisation that manages staff, support and services at Stanley Grange on behalf of the 42 residents.
Harriet is well known locally for her background with BBC Radio Lancashire and for her previous development roles with Blackburn BID, Child Action Northwest and the Empire Theatre, Blackburn. On the UK stage, she is respected in the world of high streets as a successful place maker. This is through her partnership work with Heritage Open Days at the National Trust developing high profile festivals, events and communications campaigns.
Harriet explains, ‘Stanley Grange is a purpose-built community for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. Residential cottages and other amenities are built around a village green in a picturesque setting with lots of woodland spaces. There’s a busy programme of indoor and outdoor activities as well as trips out and opportunities to connect with the local community. Set in idyllic rural grounds on Roach Road, this historic village was once the site of the training centre for Lancashire Police, between Samlesbury and Hoghton. It’s a very special place with amazing people.
‘During lockdown life changed for Stanley Grange when restrictions meant that people could not mix together from different households or see their relatives and activities were curtailed.
‘My new role is supporting the work of the trustees of Stanley Grange Community Association, developing a strong partnership with Lorraine and the team at Future Directions, recruiting volunteers, re-engaging the local community and enabling projects to improve the Stanley Grange estate, activities and opportunities for residents.’
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