Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre (HS4LC) is an inspirational charity providing quality care and essential lifelong skills to over 100 adults with learning disabilities in Harrogate.
SASC has made two loans totalling £785,000 to help the charity purchase two residential care homes. Previously offering day care services only, the move to include residential care was a natural extension of HS4LC’s activities. The purchases were also an opportunity for the charity to invest in securing its financial future in the face of challenging funding environment. Our investment has ensured HS4LC can both expand its social impact and improve its sustainability.
Many people with learning disabilities face inequalities in health and social care as well as a high degree of isolation. HS4LC was formed in 2010 in response to an overwhelming need for support for vulnerable people in Harrogate. Since then, it has grown into a thriving education and community centre for people with learning disabilities. As well as day care, it offers structured adult education courses, information, advice and guidance. It also operates a year round support centre where people can learn new skills and take an active part in their local community.
SASC made an initial loan to allow HS4LC to purchase Brackenley, a 13 bed care home which was in administration. After the successful takeover of Brackenley, SASC funded the purchase of a second similar sized facility called Briardene. The residential care service supports people 24 hours a day to lead full lives, within the local community.
The investment protects and improves the livelihoods of 26 adults with learning disabilities, safeguarded the jobs of 35 people and facilitated the creation of two new additional posts. By running the care homes, HS4LC will generate a surplus which will be reinvested into new services such as housing related support and training and employment opportunities for their clients.
HS4LC repaid their loans in December 2016 and December 2017.