Work starts to expand disability support service in Ipswich

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Genesis Orwell Mencap, SEH French, KLH Architects, Superstructures and Ipswich Roundtable at the grounbreaking ceremony – credit SEH French.jpg

The start of works to expand an adult disability support service in Ipswich has been marked with a groundbreaking ceremony.  

Genesis Orwell Mencap is extending its Green Bike Project workshop on Wright Road, with works being carried out by SEH French, KLH Architects and Superstructures.  

The workshop provides valuable work experience to adults with learning disabilities, who are taught how to repair bicycles which are then sold to prevent waste, encourage cycling, and support the charity’s work. 

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday (4 July) with representatives from Genesis Orwell Mencap, SEH French, KLH Architects and Superstructures in attendance. 

L-R Simon Pratt (service user) and Dale Davey (Green Bike Project Supervisor)

Rob Hart, Chief Executive of the charity, said: “The expansion will have a major impact on the number of individuals we can support. 

“At the moment we can only cater for four service users per day, but with the new facility we will be able to cater for 10 a day – and there is demand for that, especially with the expansion of our schools alternative provision program.  

“Every week we are getting more bikes donated and the new facility will allow us to repair even more, while teaching our service users valuable skills and independence.” 

Genesis Orwell Mencap have raised £100,000 toward the non-profit project but are aiming to raise an additional £150,000 to complete it. 

Last year, SEH French installed a ramp to improve accessibility to the workshop. This project, supported by SEH French’s supply chain, will provide a huge boost for the charity.