Council invests in new support facility for adults with complex needs

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photo of a group of people at The Zone

A new day service supporting adults with complex needs has opened in Wigan.

The Zone, based at Robin Park leisure centre, includes a state-of-the-art interactive immersive room as a stand-out feature.

The facility is part of Wigan Council’s plan to move away from traditional day services as part of The Deal.

Its location means visitors can also use the leisure centre and integrate with the local community.

Deputy leader Coun Keith Cunliffe, said: “The Zone is a fantastic facility which will reduce social isolation and connect people into their local community.

“Not only do people have access to innovative technology but being based on the Robin Park complex means they can use the gym or get out and about, go shopping or go for a coffee.” 

The service now provided at The Zone was previously based in Hunter Lodge and support adults with complex needs or disabilities.

Resident Peter Garry, aged 55, who uses the facility said: “Since I have been at The Zone it’s given me more opportunities to interact with the general public. I have joined a club at the DW Stadium where I have met new friends and enjoy socialising at the venue.”

The immersive room is a high-tech sensory room where people can interact with videos and games on the walls.

The council is working closely with partners on the Robin Park site including Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic to offer more opportunities to adults at The Zone.

Coun Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult social care, added: “Our approach to adult social care is about giving people a choice and understanding their aspirations.”

The new service is part of the £3.5m wider investment in Robin Park, which has included the refurbishment of Robin Park Leisure Centre.

The development has also made the leisure centre more accessible and inclusive with a hygiene suite that people can use when they visit the centre.

Pete Burt, Managing Director of Inspiring healthy lifestyles said: “We are delighted to have The Zone based at Robin Park Leisure with us. Having more parties based at Robin Park boosts our ability to work effectively as partners and we look forward to developing those partnerships further.”As part of the investment by Wigan Council, Wigan Warriors will transfer their HQ from Central Park, Norley Hall to Robin Park Arena, and this will become the base for their professional teams and education programmes.

The community will continue to have full access to facilities, which will include a newly-renovated indoor running track.