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Project information

New home - new wet room essential!

We have raised enough funds to buy our building, now we need to upgrade to enable more people to use the space and facilities. Our toilet facilities are appalling and we need to install a wet room so that those with PMLD can stay longer to play and socialise with their friends.

February 2018 - March 2018

Charity information: Eden Mencap Society

Eden Mencap Society logo
  • Need


    We bought our building after a huge community fundraising campaign, we did it! Now we need to upgrade many areas to make it accessible , functional and a nice place to be. The toilet area is awful, we removed the old cubicles as this affects those with spatial awareness and we are left with 2 toilets and a sink in a room that smells. We cannot use portable hoists as the area has no space to manoeuvre so those with personal care needs are excluded from staying longer than 2 hours,.


    A new all purpose wet room will provide a shower, high-low toilet and a high-low hand basin (for all ages and abilities) plus tracking and hoisting so that everyone can be supported to meet their personal care needs. This will extend time with their friends and provide the privacy and dignity needed quickly.
    Having this facility will enable more people to use the building and stay longer. This is a right everyone should have, we need the funds to make this happen!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To meet the personal and intimate care needs of everyone, with accessible equipment fit for purpose


    » Kit out our awful old toilet with a new purpose built accessible wet room. Meeting the needs of all who use the centre for interaction and friendship

    What success will look like

    The old outdated tired toilet will be completely re-furbished with new modern and accessible equipment to meet all needs. People will be able to stay and participate for longer.

  • Impact


    Having fit for purpose accessible toileting facilities is a must for every building. Our new wet room will meet every person needs, at this time many people are excluded from attending as we cannot provide dignified and accessible toileting facilities and emergency personal care needs. Having this new wet room will increase the use of the building, enable more people to spend longer with their friends, interaction and learning will increase and will become the focus, not the lack of facilities


    Not achieving the full cost of the project. We will then have to put on hold the project and access further grants and funding to make this happen. This will result in people being excluded from activities, interactions and friendships as they will need to leave part way through their session. Privacy and dignity are rights we all deserve, this should not get in the way of normal everyday activities.


    Before and after photos and personal statements from those who use our services and their families. Stories of how this small change will enable greater privacy, dignity and promote independence and increase the respite support time for parents.
    We will share on social media!

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 toilet high low
      £2,500 Shower and support table personal care
      £5,000 tracking and celing support manovers
      £1,500 basin high low
      £2,500 tiling and flooring safety
      £1,500 grab rails and support safety and support
  • Background


    Our centre is based in Penrith a small rural town in Cumbria. Eden Mencap (EMS) covers the whole of the Eden Valley, a sparsely populated rural isolated area. Very few services for those who have LD, ASD, PMLD. EMS have provided individual and group support for over 30 years. EMS supports around 80 weekly in a variety of settings. the centre is quickly becoming a hub for many and also encouraging further community sectors to be involved and interact with each other. A great place for friends.


    Children, young people and adults who have learning disabilities, are on the autistic spectrum, who have profound and multiple disabilities, who have mental health conditions. Many people have more than 1 specific need. Additionally the parents and carers will have respite from their responsibilities and enable them to have quality time with other children and friends and precious 'me' time to support their well-being. The wider community also benefits, directly and indirectly and is more aware

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    EMS has been providing services in the Eden Valley for over 30 years and truly understanding the needs of their local community. Now that the community has invested in the building and its future by securing the purchase, further investment will enable the resource to be available for longer and meet more peoples specialist needs. A central place for people of all ages to interact, learn, skill building and make real friendships outside of paid staff. EMS now has roots in the community!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacqui Taylor

    Chief Officer. Jacqui is the driving force behind the building campaign. Jacqui is keen to refurbish and equip for all needs.


    Governance - Trustees provide direction and bring a variety of skills and opportunties. All in a voluntary capacity, with a passion for outcomes