An exciting new chapter for Watford Mencap – which provides services to those with learning disabilities – is underway with the charity settling in at their new home at 92a Langley Road after support from Watford Borough Council.
Over the last year, the building at 92a Langley Road has undergone a refurbishment programme to create a welcoming and safe hub in the heart of the community, providing daily support for its service users and specialist activity space bookable by the hour to other community groups, local charities and families
The renovation of the space to meet Watford Mencap’s needs has now been completed and this was celebrated at the charity’s recent ‘Party in the Garden’ event (June 25) to officially open the hub.
More than 250 guests, including families and supporters were treated to a BBQ hosted by the team from the Café in The Library, as well as a cake stall, garden games, tombola and a very popular Silent Disco in their very own pop-up Nightclub!
Guests were also able to take a tour around the accessible facilities now available at the Hub, including playrooms, a sensory room, training kitchen and learning spaces.
The move from the charity’s previous home at the Lemarie Centre in St Albans Road was made possible with the support of Watford Borough Council.
Roger Jones, chairman at Watford Mencap, said: “The new facility in the heart of the Watford community provides a permanent home from which our caring and experienced teams will be able to support people to live the lives they want for themselves. We are grateful to Watford Borough Council for helping us to secure this wonderful building which will be a hive of activity and inspire people for generations to come.”
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, added: “The council is delighted to have helped Watford Mencap find a new home in the town that offers them so much potential. They are a wonderful charity that has been serving some of the most vulnerable members of our community for 70 years. They are a real beacon for hope and demonstrate what makes Watford such a special place.
“The new home marks the start of an exciting future for the charity, providing scope for more facilities and services and offering a hub for similar activities run by other groups and organisations including Playskill who are also based at the site.”
The entertainment at the Party in the Garden was sponsored by Swan Windows Limited of Rickmansworth, Aramark (caterers at WARNER Bros Studios Leavesden) loaned their BBQ and Borras Construction brought along their mascot Buddy to entertain the crowd. For more information about the charity’s amazing work, please visit watfordmencap.org.uk.