Horwich Rotary Supports Stanley Grange
Stanley Grange - a homely and fulfilling community for adults with learning difficulties.
When Horwich resident and member of Holy Trinity Jenny Dagnall found Stanley Grange for her son Andrew it was a prayer answered.
That was in 2004 – twelve years on, 32 year old Andrew continues to enjoy life at Stanley Grange. Members of Horwich Rotary very much appreciated Jenny Dagnall’s moving and informative talk about her experience of finding a safe, friendly, secure and supportive community for Andrew who has learning disabilities.
Stanley Grange first established nearly 50 years ago, is home to around 40 adults, ranging in age from 22-73, with learning disabilities. It is set in rural Lancashire, 4 miles from Preston and Blackburn but easy distance from Horwich.
Jenny told the Rotarians that it was a vibrant, happy place with small scale housing: a variety of bungalows, flats and shared houses arranged around a central village green and a community hall for social activities.
The community offers craft and pottery workshops, along with a market garden area in which Andrew works.
Shockingly recently, Stanley Grange was threatened with closure by the charity running it. Families and friends recognised that what residents most desperately wanted was to stay in their established home and surroundings. So they formed a new charity, Stanley Grange Community Association, and a generous loan enabled that to happen.
Today they, in partnership with Future Directions - a Community Interest Company, provide the residential care and support.
Horwich Rotary President David Winstanley presented Jenny Dagnall with a cheque to help them continue to do so.