New £250,000 centre to provide crucial support for vulnerable children in Wolverhampton

A new £250,000 support centre for children and young adults with additional needs has launched in the Black Country. The Resource Centre has opened in Wolverhampton after Progress Care, which provides specialist social care services invested the six-figure sum into creating the centre to support vulnerable young people.

The new facility will aim set visitors up for the future by helping them learn new skills for daily living, gain employment or simply develop new hobbies and friendships, while also receiving vital support and gaining access to the latest therapies. The Resource Centre, which has taken shape over the last 12 months, features a fully equipped kitchen, sensory room, computer and quiet rooms and an open plan space to host group activities.

And its launch comes at an important time after two years of Covid which have severely restricted support available to children and young adults who are vulnerable or have special educational needs. The centre was opened by John Crabtree, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of The West Midlands, who was joined by founder and CEO Bal Dhanoa, managing director Claire Rogers and staff at the firm’s headquarters in Millfields Road, Bilston.

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It’s the latest expansion milestone for Progress, with the company also in the process of recruiting 50 additional staff to increase its work in the community. Mr Dhanoa, who founded the company 22 years ago, said: “Covid-19 has definitely had an impact on how care and specialist services have been delivered and, as we head back to a more normal life, we want to make sure we have the facilities and the people in place to help families in the Black Country.

“The Resource Centre will provide a hub for local children and young adults to come together and access skills and support that will help them live the most rewarding lives possible.” Mr Dhanoa, who has personal family experience of disability and a professional background as a local authority social worker, continued: “Our own approach is based on ensuring people, who may be coping with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, reach their full potential.

“This might be giving them access to specialist training, it might be hands-on support to overcome the barriers they face and, possibly most importantly, the belief that they can achieve whatever they want to.” Progress has evolved from offering a small residential and fostering service in 2000 into one of the leading independent providers of specialist social care services in the Midlands.

Bosses at the company, which employs 220 people, say they are committed to preventing family breakdowns by increasing resilience and reducing dependency, by blending a range of community-based services designed to support semi-independent and independent living. Mr Crabtree said: “The organisation has created a range of services which will be delivered and co-ordinated from this new facility.

“It will provide early intervention, learning and education, preventative support, and solutions to avoid or reduce crisis situations that come at a high cost to all involved. I wish Progress every success in its latest venture.”

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