ARRCC at Rye Memorial is not your runof- the-mill Respite Care Centre. From Tuesday to Friday every week, adults with physical disabilities enjoy lessons in art and mosaics, creative writing sessions and IT tutoring.
Grace O’Neill, Centre Manager, describes it as a place far removed ‘from the old stereotype day centre where people would often go to pass the time of day. When they come here there’s a reason for coming and a sense of purpose and achievement. They can produce a painting, a mosaic and a greeting card and send emails. Clients can indulge in a session of massage or reflexology and sample our range of beauty treatments’.
To further improve the services already available, ARRCC applied for over £9,000 of funding from the Global Grants scheme. ‘Some of it covers core costs like salaries, enabling the IT tutor to come in an extra day a week. The money also funded a computer with a 17 inch flat screen, a digital video camera and two tape recorders’ explained Grace.
Applying for funding is easier than people might imagine. ‘The forms were very user friendly… the process was pretty simple’. Like most community organisations, external funding is essential to ARRCC. ‘Without these grants we would only be able to offer a basic service’ says Grace.
Painting of ducks created at ARRCCF rom sports teams to community groups, a variety of organisations can benefit from funding. The East Sussex County Council funding team is ready to help organisations search for suitable funding. Véronique and Sherlyn are on hand to give advice, guidance and support prior to the application process. Find out more about funding.
If you want to know more about ARRCC contact Grace O’Neill on 01797 227939 or 01797 226827
Fun, Games and Music at the A.R.R.C.C. Summer Party
From “Rye’s Own “ October 2005
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