Charity working from 'rotting' cabin calls for community help (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Learning Disability Experience is asking for people in Waltham Forest to help them build a new Service Hub in Leyton where they are based in a rundown cabin
A charity is calling for tradesman, businesses and residents of Waltham Forest to help them build their ‘rotting’ premises.
Learning Disability Experience which supports children and adults in the borough with learning disabilities and their carers says that it is ‘desperate’ for help.
Hundreds of people each week benefit from activities and social groups run by the the Waltham Forest based charity.
Hundreds of people a week benefit from activities and social groups run by The organisation, formerly known as WF Mencap was set up fifty years ago by carers who wanted a better support network for their relatives.
For the last 30 years they have been running services from a portable cabin in Matlock Road.
However, Chief Executive Ann Weekes said that the building is literally on its last legs.
She said: “We are not necessarily looking for donations but materials, supplies and builders to help us re-build. The whole thing needs to be knocked down.
“We are now really desperate, I have looked at our options and we just couldn’t raise enough money.
“There are cracks all through the building. It is made of material, not bricks. It is rotting from the ground up.”
Around 300 people and carers use the building each week.
Without this assistance the charity will struggle to continue to support services.
It is about community,” She added.
“The people who use this service, families and carers would appreciate the help so, so much.
“We want people in Waltham Forest to help us, the builders and businesses. We need everything from concrete to carpets.”
The charity receives funding from Waltham Forest Council and other small grants and donations.
Mrs Weekes is also beginning what she calls a 'lengthy' and 'uncertain' process as she tries to secure other funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
For more information or to offer services please contact the group via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone on 020 3233 0853 or visit the main office in Wood Street, Walthamstow.
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