Council cut fears lead to social enterprise

15/3/13   Kathy Allday  and her daughter Aimee at their home in Knaresborough  with some of their craft products.'For Life Page.
15/3/13 Kathy Allday and her daughter Aimee at their home in Knaresborough with some of their craft products.'For Life Page.

Two Knaresborough mums have set up an enterprise for people with learning disabilties after fears council cuts to social care budgets will affect their daughters’ care.

Kathy Allday and Pam Sykes, who both have daughters with learning disabilties, have taken on a premises in Knaresborough’s Green Dragon Yard and will open Green Dragon Crafts, a not for profit community craft hub where people with learning disabilities can learn crafts and work skills.

North Yorkshire County Council are currently consulting the public on proposals relating to adult social care including raising the eligibility threshold from moderate needs to substantial and increasing the amount some people pay towards services.

Mrs Allday said: “If the funding is cut people with learning disabilities will be sat at home doing nothing, it’s as much a social thing as well as the skills.”

Kathy’s daughter, Aimee, 27, who has Down’s Syndrome, currently spends three days a week on placement at the gift people, but Kathy worries cuts could put an end to that arrangement.

She added: “People will lose contact with their friends. It will be awful to think Aimee and her friends won’t be seeing each other any more.

“I can’t think of another group of vulnerable people who have been more affected by this economic crisis. T hese are very very worrying times.

“We want to teach people with learning disabilities craft skills but also business skills and retail skills.

“I want to teach people with learning disabilities to be more business savvy.

“There is a desperate need for this, I don’t think people realise how much the cuts are affecting people with learning disabilities.”

She added: “Pam’s daughter Charlotte lost her job at Remploy and has been offered no meaningful day time opportunities since.”

Kathy hopes that once the building is refurbished they can open a shop selling the crafts.

In the meantime they will host craft fairs and table top sales on Saturdays and Wednesdays starting from November 9.

For more information contact Kathy on 07866026807 or 01423 864381.

The enterprise is also looking for volunteers to help out.