The Floral Hall, located in People’s Park, is being leased to Gravity Red Inspires – a support service for young people, which offers befriending and family support.
North East Lincolnshire Council leased out the building to the group three months ago and Peter Fuller from Gravity Red Inspires says the feedback received so far has been very positive.
The group was founded in 2013 after they noticed there were limited opportunities for families caring for a child with learning disabilities to enjoy community-based activities. The only short breaks parents and carers received were by sending their children to respite homes.
Gravity Red Inspires was established to develop and provide support to families caring for a child with a learning disability.
Their befriending service provides the support to allow a young person to be more independent and be able to access activities. Befrienders meet each week and plan a range of activities to enjoy such as going to the cinema, cooking, swimming, eating out, playing and watching sports, doing arts and crafts, shopping or playing video games and board games. The group is currently in the process of organising group sessions.
“Young people with additional needs will be able to engage in therapeutic activity in a safe environment. They will also be able to grow their own fruit and veg, as well as flowers arranging,” said Peter from Gravity Red Inspires.
He added: “This provides somewhere they can visit with their family and showcase what they have been doing each week. They will also be able to supply family members with vegetables.”
Councillor Stan Shreeve, portfolio holder for finance, resources and assets at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “I am really pleased the council has secured a lease with Gravity Red Inspires. This is a group that will help young people and their families. They provide great opportunities for young people in North East Lincolnshire to get involved in the community, offering a befriending service and independence to enjoy activities, while also giving much-needed respite to their families who care for them. I wish them all the best.”
Ward councillor, Cllr Daniel Westcott, added: “All three ward councillors are delighted that the Floral Hall is set to reopen.
“After speaking with the new tenant, it is clear they are excited at the prospect, keen to engage with local residents and fully aware how important the venue is to People’s Park and the wider community.
“Along with the lodge being renovated and looking fantastic, the new look playground is really starting to take shape and all in time for events planned to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“People’s Park has always been a focal point for local residents, as well as those from further afield and this should go a long way to ensure this remains the case.”