On Friday 4th March, GHA held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the new Touchbase centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham. The centre is being built for Sense, the UK’s leading specialist charity for deafblind people. When completed the centre will serve both deafblind individuals and the local community and will offer a range of facilities including direct service provision, community services, art and wellbeing, a designated family and children’s area, a nursery and local café.
The ceremony was attending by Birmingham City Council Leader, John Clancy, who was joined by Sense CEO Gill Morbey along with future users and champions of the project. Cllr John Clancy, said ‘This exciting project represents a real lifeline for disabled people in the West Midlands and will help many people lead richer, more independent lives. I have no doubt that Touchbase will quickly become an important community hub in Selly Oak.’
The project is due to complete in late 2016.