A house showcasing a range of assistive technology that can be used to support vulnerable adults to increase their independence has opened its doors in Liverpool.
The mobile, purpose built Smarthouse, created by the Hft, the national learning disabilities charity, is on display at Aintree Racecourse as part of the newly launched Peter O’Sullevan Community Hub which will be the focal point of Aintree’s Community Programme.
It marks the start of a year-long partnership between Hft and Aintree Racecourse aimed at raising the profile of the work the charity does to support adults with learning disabilities, in particular its work using personalised technology – all of which is funded by charitable donations.
Over the next 12 months, visitors to Aintree will be able to visit the Smarthouse and experience an interactive demonstration of the types of technology used by Hft to help the people they support to live the best life possible, in a ‘real-life’ setting. Gadgets include a telephone with a picture dialling-system, a talking microwave, safety sensors to prevent flooding or injury and fingerprint locks and video-entry systems which replace the need for keys.
Emma Sambrook, Hft’s Director of Fundraising said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with such a prestigious organisation as Aintree Racecourse and are looking forward to working together on a range of exciting opportunities.
“We believe everyone has the right to live the life they choose, and people with learning disabilities are no exception. They face obstacles that are hard to imagine. We raise funds to pay for charitable projects like personalised technology, so the people we support have a chance to live life on their own terms.
“Having the Smarthouse on display is great opportunity for people to find out more about the work Hft does and see how vital fundraising is to support people to live with more confidence and dignity.”
Grant Rowley, Jockey Club’s NW Communications Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to partner with Hft – a fantastic charity that does such great work for people with learning disabilities.
“We’re thrilled to have launched our new Peter O’Sullevan Hub at Aintree recently – a great on site facility that will be the focal point of all of Aintree’s community outreach work and which is designed to be a fun and engaging educational environment for all ages and abilities. Hft’s Smarthouse is an excellent addition to this and we look forward to working with the team over the next 12 months.”
To find out more about Hft and the work that it does visit www.hft.org.uk.