Press release from United Response

Four men with learning disabilities have converted a dilapidated summer house in the garden of their Waveney care home into a pub to help stave off cabin fever during the COVID lockdown.

Before lockdown, Alan, Leon, Grahame and Craig would regularly go to the local pub and play bingo – something which they sorely miss.

With the help of their support team at the home, run by national learning disability charity United Response, they transformed the old and unused space into a pub – which now features a well-stocked bar, mini-fridge and snacks.

They have named the pub ‘The Meadows’ and placed a Norwich City scarf out front in memory of their former housemate who sadly died of terminal cancer in 2016.

Philip Firman, Service Manager said: “Transforming the pub has been brilliant for the lads and the staff. It has been a really great distraction and gave everyone a common goal in replacing something that was being sorely missed. It was also great and fitting opportunity to remember a close friend that is sadly no longer with us and it offered a real sense of freedom at a time when so many restrictions were being put in place.”

Whats next?

The ambitious folk at the service are already planning their next project – converting the garage into a mini-mart and tuck shop for the staff and residents, complete with social distancing measures such as arrows and markings on the floor. Longer-term, they hope to open it up to others living in their cul-de-sac and possibly beyond. Their ambition and aspirations during these uncertain times are just one example of how United Response is striving to help improve the lives of people with disabilities.

About United Response:

United Response is a top 100 national charity that provides person-centred support to around 2,000 adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or physical disabilities – including some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Our vision is a society of equal rights and access where disabled people have the opportunity to live the lives they want to lead.

We provide bespoke support, from 24-hour care to a few hours a week, at around 400 locations across England and Wales. We employ approximately 4,000 staff and are regularly recognised with awards for our innovative, high-quality range of services.

To find out more about United Response, please visit: www.unitedresponse.org.uk