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By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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A GROUP aimed at providing a socialising and activities group for adults with learning disabilities in Cheadle is urging people to sign up so that it can provide a permanent base in the town.

EqualBase has been set up by Tracey Rowe and Alison Proctor as a Community Interest Company, which means all profits are used to develop programmes and activities, which can be accessed by adults aged 18 and over with learning disabilities.

Tracey and Alison have over 20 years combined experience in working with adults with learning disabilities.

They are also directors for AppleTree (Cheadle) Ltd, which was set up two years ago offering support to three ladies with learning disabilities to be able to live independently, with sessions taking place on a Tuesday at Cheadle Fire Station.

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After holding initial taster days on Wednesday, April 23, and June 4, at Cheadle Methodist Church to gauge the interest and need for the facility, the ladies are now hoping it will lead to firm bookings so that they can implement the service fully into the town.

Tracey said: "We have had positive feedback as there is very little like this in and around Cheadle to offer to adults with learning disabilities.

"We want to be able to run for an indefinite period and to make sure that once we are up and running we can stay for the long term, so people know we're here and can come on a regular basis.

"We have got interest from people saying they want to come every Wednesday, but the hall gets booked up very quickly so we need to have a long term booking system in place to be able to guarantee the venue every week.

"The more people who commit to the service, the quicker we can set something more permanent set up."

EqualBase runs a host of activities such as arts and crafts and sports and gardening.

They are also working with other organisations in the community to help provide more activities such as; Creative Studios, Cheadle Camera Club, Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle In Bloom, the Football Association, VAST, and freelance sports coach Mark Dalkin.

Tracey added: "We are also trying to get as much information out as possible in the form of leaflets, and looking at ways of generating our own funding so that we don't have to rely on Direct Payments or session fees.

"It costs £11 per hour, £20 for two hours or £45 to stay all day providing people bring their own lunch."

For more information please contact Tracey or Alison by telephoning 07597141495 or email info@equalbase.co.uk or visit the website www.equalbase.co.uk

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