Dec 3, 2019

Grocott Centre - Get involved today

About The Grocott Centre

We are a local independent charitable organisation. We provide high quality, flexible day opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities from Stoke on Trent and surrounding areas. Our centre offers a wide range of bespoke facilities including our own workshop, adapted kitchen and gardens and acts as a central hub from which we access and engage with a wide range of community based activities.

We deliver a diverse programme of structured in-house activities, in addition to working in partnership with other adult learning providers, sessional tutors and sports coaches, enabling people to participate in a wide range of learning, vocational, social and
recreational activities.

Our service aims to support and promote the development of life and social skills, independent living, personal development, enabling people to achieve their full potential and be active, inclusive members of the community.

Our Activities

Independence and life skills

We provide a supportive and enabling environment in which people can learn / develop
practical skills in cooking, healthy eating, food safety, budgeting, shopping, personal
safety and well-being to promote independent living and the development of life skills.
We also have an accessible garden area where we grow our own vegetables.

Drama, Dance & Performing Arts

Our drama and dance sessions are great fun, in addition participants develop their
creativity, confidence, communication and self-expression, staying fit and healthy in a
fun and creative way. The group hold at least two performances each year for family and
friends to attend, and everyone from all the groups gets involved in creating the
costumes, props and scenery and also the design, media and posters.

Sports & Active Sessions

Our sessions promote active life styles and participation in varied sports and activities
including Boccia, multi sports, games tournaments, walking and outdoor pursuits. In
addition to the benefits of being active participants develop technical skills, team work
and leadership.

Woodwork and upcycling workshop

We have our own in house workshop which is a multi- functional space where we create,
make, repair and upcycle! Some of our recent projects including bug boxes, tech stands,
designing and building an additional accessible workbench, furniture painting and

Tech, Media and Creative Science

Our Tech sessions are a hub of creativity, the group develop skills in IT, photography,
media and design and produce our regular newsletter, menus and design posters, tickets
and information booklets as well as our social media and website posts. The group also
have a keen interest in tech science and some of our recent projects have included
making hovercrafts, props and assistive technology gadgets.

Textiles and Handmade Crafts

This group develop their skills and creativity in using both hand and machine sewing
techniques, some of our recent projects include reusable shoppers, aprons for the
cooking group and costumes designed for the drama group. The group also enjoy making
handmade craft items, art work, card making, flower arranging and much more!

Social Enterprise Ventures

Our members are fully involved in all aspects of the service and in particular running the
social club and social afternoon; running the snack bar, organising and planning
activities and events. In addition we have regular fayres, coffee mornings and events
throughout the year where we sell our handmade crafts, upcycled items and garden

Community links and Citizenship

Everyone is encouraged to develop a strong sense of citizenship and community
involvement as valued members of the local and wider community. We make use of
facilities in the local community such as sports and community centres and we are
currently developing a volunteer partnership with the “friends of group” for our local

Social Life

Our social club is member led and meets each Wednesday evening 6.30pm-9pm, the
club is affiliated to the National Phab organisation and is a great opportunity for people
to come together in a safe social setting but also participate in wider Phab activities and
events. The club organizes many events and activities throughout the year including
discos, BBQs, themed events, tournaments and competitions.
We also have a weekly community lunch club and social afternoon each Monday where
members of wider community and other groups are welcomed to join us for lunch and
socialise during the afternoon.

Trips & Out and About

Each project group plans regular field trips and visit places of interest linked to their
group outcomes. Some examples include; exhibitions, theatre trips, museums,
interactive groups and environmental projects.

Accessing our services

If you don’t already have direct payment or funding in place you may need to access a
social worker to arrange an assessment. If your funding is already in place you can make a
self-referral or enquiry and we can arrange a visit or a taster session so that you can get a
feel for what we offer and what services you would like to access.

Support needs

Once you have decided what services you would like to access we will carry out an
assessment to determine the right level of support required to enable you to your meet
agreed outcomes and be able to fully engage, make the most of your day and achieve your
goals. We will then work with you to develop your individualised support plan and

Contacting Us

The Grocott Centre
Sanderson House
Clarence Street
Stoke on Trent

Telephone: 01782 324715

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The Grocott Centre Limited is a Charitable Company – Charity No. 1125439, Company No. 066014630