To celebrate their new facilities, Pathways invited the Deputy Mayor of Gravesham, Councillor Lesley Boycott, to officially open the building.
Our new home is in the centre of Gravesend, so more people can travel independently here,” says Alison O’Reilly – the manager of Pathways.
Pathways is a day service for adults with learning disabilities. Alison explains more about what they get up to here: “We offer sessions such as Zumba, massage, reminiscence, art, relaxation, woodwork and sports. We also have a therapy dog visiting once a week.
“When we moved in, we put in a new kitchen. We can now have sessions for people to learn how to cook a light lunch, main meal and bake cakes.”
At the opening, the woodwork group sold beautiful wooden hearts (pictured). The art group sold jewellery and handmade cards. The massage group offered relaxing hand massages. We also sold homemade scones that people had baked fresh that morning.
On why the move to Gravesend was so important, Alison explains why being central is the key: “We can now do lots more activities in the community, such as gardening, going to the gym, bowling, plus visits to the local cinema, library and Adult Education Centre.