Newholme re-opened by council chairman

Building to be used as a base for adults with learning difficulties.

Devon County Council has redeveloped a building in the centre of Honiton for people with learning disabilities to use as a base.

Newholme, at the rear of Vine Passage, was officially opened earlier today (Friday) by service user Andrew Harrison.

He was joined by Councillor Christine Marsh, the chairman of Devon County Council, and council cabinet member Stuart Barker.

Services based at Newholme are helping adults with learning disabilities live normal lives.

As part of the service, the County Council has redeveloped a building in the centre of the town, for people they support to use as a base, from which many are choosing to enjoy everyday activities in the town.

The service currently supports 21 people from Honiton and neighbouring towns and villages.

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Some have chosen to receive training and are employed locally, while others are using the service to help them access local leisure activities, including the sports hall, gym and swimming pool.

People are also encouraged and supported to continue with their education, attending local adult education classes, and using the public library.

The newly refurbished building has been extended and adapted to the needs of all the people the service supports, regardless of their level of ability.