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Project information

Where Next Hub

It was set up following a successful pilot project to provide life-enhancing leisure, learning and social opportunities for people with learning disabilities (mild to profound and multiple disabilities), other special needs and their parents and carers. People urgently needed community activities.

This project is ongoing.

Charity information: Where Next Association

Where Next Association logo
  • Need


    Redditch needs affordable, flexible, person-centred, local services for people with special needs and parents and carers. Individuals are becoming isolated, with less money to spend on activities and little or no social opportunities, particularly those suitable for people with special needs. Two nearby Day Centres have closed. All Redditch centres will also close or move to Bromsgrove where they care only for those with profound needs. Funding for daytime support is being reduced.


    Where Next Hub activities are tailored specifically for people of varying learning and physical needs. 1-2 hours long they include dance, singing, crafts, music, keep fit or social opportunities. Individuals participate as required. Sessions are affordable. There is no application process or ongoing financial commitment. Specialist disabled toilet facilities cater for those with multiple needs not available at other venues. Help and support to parents and carers is available in business hours.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide leisure, learning and social opportunities.


    » Individuals can choose to take part in activities such as dance, music, singing, crafts and socialise at Where Next Hub.

    What success will look like

    People with learning disabilities/special needs enjoy fulfilling activities, having greater contentment, well-being, improved quality of life and increased independence.

    Aim 2

    To provide help and information to parents & carers and signposting to other providers of services.


    » Where Next Hub is now offering this service to local people looking for help on client benefits, disability issues or individual budgets for example.

    What success will look like

    Helping people to access services for those they care for. This relieves stress for families, helps prevent the need for crisis intervention from health, Police or social services.

  • Impact


    Benefits to individuals will be:
    Increased personal confidence and general well-being.
    Greater social inclusion.
    Reduced isolation and prevention of regression of skills.
    Sense of achievement in doing or making something.
    Increased physical activity leading to better health.
    Support to parents and carers on individual budgets, benefits, independent living, disability issues or signposting to other services improving their own quality of life.


    Session price might need to be increased to achieve full cost recovery. This might see sessions too expensive for individuals' ability to pay. The trustees are committed to this venture both financially and strategically. All means will be exhausted to ensure continuation of this project for the benefit of local people because the alternative is to leave vulnerable people with learning disabilities without a viable, relevant, personalised and accessible service.


    We will be happy to report as required by any donor or provide an annual progress report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £47,381

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      Amount Heading Description
      £37,031 Salaries Salary costs for Hub Manager and Support Worker
      £5,780 Rent Rent, rates, insurance
      £4,570 Other costs Heat, light & water, Repairs & Maintenance, office, travel, housekeeping, tools, training, marketing

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Redditch Borough Council £3,000 Guaranteed
    The Sobell Foundation £3,000 Conditional
    CB & HH Taylor 1984 Trust £500 Conditional
    The Sheldon Trust £7,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Redditch has 13 (24%) of its LSOAs in the 20% most deprived areas nationally and 17 in the 30% most deprived. The Hub is in Smallwood ward itself in the 22% most deprived.

    A Scope survey found that 2 in 5 disabled adults thought the system was failing to meet their basic needs like getting out of the house and nearly half said services do not enable them to take part in community life. (The other care crisis: Making social care funding work for disabled adults in England’, Jan 2013).


    People with learning disabilities (mild to profound and multiple disabilities), other special needs and their parents and carers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have an excellent 30 year reputation as an approved provider to Worcs and Warks County Councils and registered as an ASDAN Certificated Special Needs Learning Centre. Activities are designed for individual abilities including dementia, autism, mental health problems, mild to severe physical disabilities and learning disabilities. Sessions take place in a newly renovated fit for purpose unit. Specialist toileting and washing facilities (including hoist) are available for those

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nikki Levy

    Hub Manager


Will help an individual enjoy one session

Nikki's dance sessions are loved by all. The atmosphere is relaxed and happy.

Support Worker