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Lynn charity plans new base in town centre

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The Forward Day Centre charity is planning to open a new base and a shop in the centre of Lynn.

It wants to use 33 Broad Street to sell items made by members and use the space at the back for its more traditional day service activities.

The charity supports people with learning disabilities and autism and aims to run the new base alongside its current locations at Millfleet next to the library and Ezone on the North Lynn industrial estate.

Forward Day Centre members outside the Broad Street shop
Forward Day Centre members outside the Broad Street shop

Day centre members make a range of items including jewellery, cards, candles and printed t-shirts, wooden planters and bird boxes and get involved in activities such as media, photography environmental issues and printing groups

The shop will be staffed by members who will gain new skills and valuable work experience whilst developing their confidence and self-esteem. And they will be involved with the design, production and sales of the stock that will regularly change to reflect the handmade nature of the products.

Around 16 to 20 members a day will be using No.33 and as they are keen to give something back to the community they will be taking over the care of large planters in the Vancouver Quarter.

Steve Fuller, Forward’s CEO said: “Members are very excited about this new project and the advantages of its location. We hope to raise the profile of our members and promote their skills and creativity. Having this new base will involve members working with customers, engaging with local businesses, and supporting the local community. They will also be involved with all the decorating, making benches, and planning the interior.”

He continued: “By moving some of our operation to Broad street, it will free up space at Millfleet where Forward can provide, calmer, quieter environments for members who have more complex needs. Millfleet offers sensory rooms with specialised equipment, craft areas, workshop, kitchens, and a courtyard garden.”

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