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Biggleswade Adult Centre’s trip out to Biggleswade Fire Station

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

In June, adults with learning disabilities from Biggleswade Adult Centre visited Biggleswade Fire Station for a tour around the site by a member of the fire and rescue service.

Ross Aherne at Biggleswade Fire Station

Ross Aherne at Biggleswade Fire Station

On the day, Biggleswade Adult Centre attendees were pleased to be shown the fire engine and were able to ask many questions about what it means to be in the fire brigade. They were also given an opportunity to have a go at using the water hose. They were then taken inside the station to see all the uniforms and equipment that must be worn while out on an emergency. All agreed that being in the Fire Service is a very demanding job.

Biggleswade Adult Centre offers its attendees activities and opportunities to socialise, develop life skills, and access the local community, with support. It operates Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm, and currently caters for approximately 25 customers over the week. At the centre, there is a focus on individual aspirations and developing transferrable skills that will equip people with the tools they need to gain employment.

Councillor Carole Hegley, our Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:

Biggleswade Adult Centre has been great at establishing community links for educational days out and I know the team would like to extend thanks to the fire officers for their time and dedication shown to them during their visit.

This service carefully arranges some interesting experiences for its attendees. I can’t praise them enough for organising such an impressive timetable of trips out. Thank you to everyone who makes this possible.

Ross Aherne, an attendee of Biggleswade Adult Centre, said:

I love coming to the centre it is wicked and I love spending time with my friends. I love going out and I love Wednesday afternoons when we have a DJ come to the centre and he plays the Darkness and I sing along!

Biggleswade Adult Centre’s attendees are always involved in the decision-making process as to where next to visit.

In recent months, the centre's activities included:

  • a visit to Henlow Aquatics where they could view tropical fish and marine fish
  • ‘Sound Vibrance’ visited the centre and service users played a range of instruments and emerged themselves in the sounds created
  • a trip to Old Warden Vineyard where vine planting took place; they will be going back in October to view the progress of their vines

Find out more about Biggleswade Adult Centre.