The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre have moved into a newly renovated building in Leeds and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Lord and Lady Mayoress officially unveiled the plaque on Friday 27 January 2017 and on Saturday the local community enjoyed the continued celebrations and got the opportunity to have a look around the new Centre. Guests enjoyed cake, sweets donated from Haribo, and samples from Wiltshire Farm Foods.

Baroness Tanni,a former wheelchair racer and winner of numerous Paralympic Gold medals and a working peer in the House of Lords told guests at the event of the difficulties she faced as a child because of a lack of facilities for disabled people. She added that the situation had improved, but much still needed to be done to make everywhere inclusive and accessible to all.

After decades of being based at St Mary’s Hospital in Armley, the charity has moved to a new building in Rodley that has been renovated so that Occupational Therapists can conduct more assessments of people with a disability or condition in Yorkshire. The renovation couldn’t have been possible without thousands of pounds of donations from Projex Building Solutions, Firecrest, Kingkraft, Wates, The Passmore Group, Yorkshire Care, and Box Architects.

Occupational Therapists at the Centre provide impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for disabled people of all ages, their carers, professionals and older people. Anyone can make a free appointment with one of our Occupational Therapists to discuss your needs in more detail.

Vice Chair Professor Anne Chamberlain explained:

“We are a charity and are very fortunate in that so many people have given generously of their time and equipment for our new Centre. The staff have worked incredibly hard too. So now we have a beautiful new Centre and this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter; we look forward to helping even more people.”

Dignitaries and VIP’s enjoyed a tour of the different departments in the Centre including the technology room, the driving assessment and vehicle adaptations area, everyday living aids, the paediatric assessment area, Try B 4 U Fly, and training room.