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Newly refurbished facility to benefit adults with learning disabilities McGimpsey

Friday, 2 October 2009

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey today officially reopened Seymour Hill Horticultural Unit in Belfast.

The facility supports over 40 adults with a learning disability and offers a broad range of training within a commercial garden centre.

Clients are involved in the production of plants, retail outlet, landscaping and manufacturing hanging baskets, which are sold both to local businesses and the general public within the Dunmurry and Seymour Hill area.

Thanking the Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust for his invitation Mr McGimpsey said: “I welcome the opportunity to officially reopen this facility and to meet the staff and clients who are pivotal in making the day centre a success.

“The amount of effort that has gone in to taking Seymour Hill Horticultural Unit to a new level is evident for all to see.

“The Carers Forum and local councillors have been actively involved with Trust Disability services to improve the environment for those attending the Horticultural Unit.”

The Minister concluded: “My department recently made funding available for the building of a more permanent structure and today we can see the benefit these new, fit for purpose buildings will have for everyone involved with this project.

Notes to Editors:

1. Seymour Hill Horticultural Society delivers a range of services to people with a learning disability. Clients have access to a wide range of courses including City and Guilds, Horticultural skills, Vocational Access Certificate, Personal Development and IT skills. Activities include Arts and Crafts, Cookery and Drama and there are a range of healthy living programmes including Activate, Swimming and football. Social activities include archery and horse riding and clients have access to local leisure and arts activities.

2. Clients also avail of specialist support such as access to a psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, community nurses and aromatherapist, where required.

3. Press enquiries to DHSSPS Press office on 028 9052 0505. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 44 and your call will be returned.