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Praxis Care opens project to replace Secret Garden, Hillsborough

The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby recently opened a new Praxis Care project in Portadown, Co Armagh.

The new Praxis Care Scheme which replaces The Secret Garden Scheme in Hillsborough will provide a wide range of work skills training for 30 adults with learning disability.

The new service and social enterprise will provide, “Blissful Bites Bakery” a bakery and catering social enterprise, ”Cusher Meadows” an allotment where trainees can grow their own produce, and the “On the GO” group for older people with learning disability.

Nevin Ringland, Chief Executive of Praxis Care, says:

“The opening of the new Praxis Care Lurgan Road, Portadown, Workskills represents significant investment in the lives of people with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Our previous cafe and garden project at the Secret Garden, Hillsborough had to close in April of this year, after 12 years of supporting vulnerable adults.

Opening this new project means that we are able to provide an alternative service to these displaced service users.

The development of this new service shows a commitment from Praxis Care and our staff to provide meaningful training and support services to people with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland”

Lord Mayor Causby commented:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Praxis Care staff team for their work and commitment in providing services for the community in our Borough and throughout Northern Ireland.

Praxis Care is one of the leading charities empowering adults and children with mental ill health, learning disability and acquired brain injury to enjoy everyday living, irrespective of the complexity of their needs

By developing this new service within just 6 months of the closure of the Secret Garden is a great testimony to their commitment to providing quality services to people with learning disabilities”

The services include:

Blissful Bites Bakery, Lurgan Road, Portadown

Offering a range of bakery products including apple tarts, traybakes and short bread as well as catering and bespoke bakery goods

On the GO Project, Lurgan Road, Portadown

A group providing age appropriate activities for older people with learning disability.

Cusher Meadows Allotment Project, Tandragee

A project running a year round allotment where trainees can grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers and which promotes healthy living and well being.

For further information about these services contact Vanessa Coulter, Lurgan Road, Portadown Work Skills Manager 02838394531 or email vanessacoulter@praxiscare.org.uk

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Notes to Editors

For further information on the work of Praxis Care, or to set up an interview with staff or service users contact Paul Collins Assistant Director Fundraising and PR on 07712189675 or 028 90 234 555.

Praxis Care is a charity providing care for vulnerable children and adults affected by mental ill health, learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries.  Services are provided across Northern Ireland, England, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Praxis Care is Northern Ireland’s largest care charity providing care and support services to 1,500 adults and children with learning disabilities, mental ill health, and acquired brain injury and for older people including people with dementia.

Praxis Care aims to empower adults and children with mental ill health, learning disability, or acquired brain injury to enjoy everyday living, irrespective of the complexity of their needs.

Praxis Care provides a range of accommodation and support services for nearly 1,500 people in 80 separate locations.

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Blissful Bites Bakery Julie Ann Mitchell (Lurgan), Lisa Crosson (Lurgan) Christopher Irwin (Lurgan)

Blissful Bites Bakery Julie Ann Mitchell (Lurgan), Lisa Crosson (Lurgan) Christopher Irwin (Lurgan)

Mervyn Craig (Portadown), Robert Rankin (Lurgan), Paul Mitchell (Lurgan) all trainees

Mervyn Craig (Portadown), Robert Rankin (Lurgan), Paul Mitchell (Lurgan) all trainees

Mervyn Craig (Trainee Portadown), Campbell Neill (Staff Dollingstown), Michelle Wolfe (Staff Lisburn)

Mervyn Craig (Trainee Portadown), Campbell Neill (Staff Dollingstown), Michelle Wolfe (Staff Lisburn)

On the GO Programme trainees Derek Fleming, Rhonda Fleming, Loftus Buckley (Lurgan)

On the GO Programme trainees Derek Fleming, Rhonda Fleming, Loftus Buckley (Lurgan)

Paul Mitchell (Trainee Lurgan), Nevin Ringland (Chief Executive Officer), Mervyn Craig (Trainee Portadown)

Paul Mitchell (Trainee Lurgan), Nevin Ringland (Chief Executive Officer), Mervyn Craig (Trainee Portadown)

Robert Hart (Trainee) Vanessa Coulter (Manager)

Robert Hart (Trainee) Vanessa Coulter (Manager)

Trainees Hazel McConnell and Julie McNeill (Crumlin)

Trainees Hazel McConnell and Julie McNeill (Crumlin)

Vanessa Coulter (Manager, Portadown) Paul Mitchell (Trainee, Lurgan)

Vanessa Coulter (Manager, Portadown) Paul Mitchell (Trainee, Lurgan)

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