Create Day Centre
Create is an innovative service provision for adults with learning disabilities. It offers a wide range of activities, training programs and provides high-quality support to its users.
Create works using a person-centred approach and looks to increase an individual’s confidence and independence, and empowers them through training and employment.
Create facilitates activities from Makaton (sign and symbol language), drama, music, sports, photography, sewing, newsletter and much more. Create has recently undergone building works, and now houses a purpose-built café, computer suite and also a new lift. At Create we have a highly skilled team of staff that meet the varying needs of all our service users.
The advocacy group’s aims to involve users in decision-making processes that impact their everyday lives. Advocacy also aims to help users understand their rights, promote choice and self-advocacy. The group holds weekly meetings to discuss various matters, such as the support plan and its meaning; and the Care Act and its implications on both themselves and their families. This group also evaluates the service by sharing their views on what is working/not working as well as adding new ideas in how the service should be developed.
Community out group
These sessions are delivered in partnership with other local providers – for example, Idea Stores to other learning disability provisions. The aim is to give service users an opportunity to socialise, gain confidence and learn new skills around travelling in London. Examples of where the community out group have visited in the last year include Madame Tussauds, boat trips, rock climbing, farms, various art galleries, weekly sessions at Bike Works, Idea Stores and much more.
Health, fitness and other activities
- Dance fit – incorporates exercise with music, allowing users with all levels of mobility to take part.
- Create Sports – in partnership with Mile End Sports Centre. Activities include football, basketball, hockey, badminton, cricket.
Bike Works – bike riding sessions are held at Victoria Park on Tuesdays. There are different types of adaptable bikes that are available for use and are catered for people with different types of disabilities
Walking/Out – this is aimed at those with low mobility and encourages accessing the community while increasing health and wellbeing.
Drama/culture – this activity looks to provide a platform in which service users can express their creative side. This includes role play of real-life situations to improve communication, interpersonal skills, self-confidence and problem-solving skills. The culture aspect of this group explores the history, geography, culture, gastronomy, music and art of other countries, celebrating the diversity that exists at Create.
Music – these sessions look to develop knowledge of music and explore different music genres. The music group works in partnership with a music teacher from a local school.
ICT – the aim of this group is to provide skills which will help people to communicate, find information and be part of an increasingly digital world. The group is designed to give beginners an introduction to basic computer skills such as using a mouse, opening applications, searching the web. For more advanced IT users, the group provides the opportunity to build a basic website, specifically designed for people with learning disabilities. They are also able to learn about word processing, using email and making a slideshow with PowerPoint. The aim of the group is to give service users skills for employment and to help them to become more independent.
Literacy & numeracy – this activity helps users reading and writing skills. It helps them recognise letters to enable them to spell and read words. They also learn how to recognise numbers and how this can be applied to their everyday life. This session is accessed by users who are looking to go onto access college courses.
Makaton – this session looks at increasing communication skills through the multimodal approach of Makaton, using signs and symbols. There are further learning opportunities for people who wish to train to assist in running Makaton workshops. This is achieved by working on a portfolio which is recognised by the Makaton charity. The project currently provides taster sessions to staff, parents and carers.
Photography – the photography group provides service users with skills to operate digital cameras, skills of how to take photographs and IT skills to edit their work. Group visits photographic exhibitions to get inspiration, learn about world events and gain a visual insight into other cultures and uses photography as a medium to explore. The group is an essential part of Create; providing image content for the other groups such as providing pictures of events for the newsletter.
Sewing – this session aims to provide skills around sewing by hand. Users are encouraged to work on their individual projects and also contribute in providing products for Create's Arts and Craft enterprise.
Newsletter – Create Express is a newsletter developed and designed by service users. This newsletter comes out every three months. Create Express reflects on the achievements and also on what Create has to offer. The newsletter also enables service users to develop their communication skills both verbal and written, their IT skills and administration skills. In our newsletter we include lots of pictures and use simple writing to make it more enjoyable and easy to read. The front cover is also designed by a different Create artist for each edition. Users take great pride in writing and designing Create Express.
Social enterprises – at Create there are three social enterprises – the Eat Up Café, Garden Project as well as the Arts and Crafts enterprise which aim to provide training and paid employment. Our enterprises enable our service users to develop their skills, promote their health and wellbeing and encourage community partnership.
Eat Up Café: is a social enterprise café currently run by service users and staff of Create. Eat Up Café serves halal healthy foods as well as drinks (hot/cold) to service users and staff at Create. This group provides training where service users gain various skills such as cooking, barista training and customer care. It also provides a work placement where the service users are able to go on to further job qualifications such as food safety, customer care, literacy and numeracy. The future aim is to develop this project to be open to the public, providing paid employment to individuals with learning disabilities.
Garden Project: the Create Garden Project provides opportunities for service users to do voluntary work in the garden environment. The project aims to support volunteers to enhance wellbeing and to develop the confidence, experience and skills needed for employment. Our volunteer programmes are individualised to provide volunteers with a structure to their learning and development. The garden is a shared garden with Malmesbury Primary school. Create and Malmesbury School have been working on this project together since 1987. The gardeners received awards for the best community garden in Tower Hamlets in Bloom award in 2008 and 2009.
Splatter – is the Arts and Craft enterprise led by service users. This group focuses on developing arts and craft based skills, which are then in turn used to make and develop products to sell at various locations in the borough. Splatter is now working in partnership with Whitechapel Arts Gallery and take part in First Thursday, where individuals display their art work as part of an East London wide event.
Who is it for?
The service is available to adults with learning disabilities.
To use our services
Placements can only be offered following an assessment. The assessment is to clarify the individual’s needs and ensure the authority's eligibility criteria are met. To make a referral to the Create day service, please contact the Tower Hamlets Community Learning Disability Team on 020 8121 4444 and request a referral. If you would like to visit the project, please contact deputy manager Tresi Shail or manager Maryam Rouf on 0207 364 6950.