Sheffield charity opens new facility at Smithy Wood

Paces Sheffield, a charity for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and motor disorders, has opened a new base at Smithy Wood. 

The fully renovated 8,000 square foot facility will house the adult services provision and the charity’s administration and fundraising teams. 

Ann Menzies-Blythe, chair of trustees at Paces, said: “It has been a hugely challenging 12 months for the charity sector, which is why I am so proud we have been able to secure this new base, refurbish and open it despite everything we have faced.”

Kirstin and Sarah, who have been supported by the charity since day one and whose parents were among the founders of the organization, were given an opportunity to cut the ribbon on the new building. 

Paces chief executive Dr Spencer Pitfield said: “Following a complete refurbishment, the easily accessible building will allow us to support three-times as many adults with brain injuries and complex needs.”

Conductive education sessions will be provided to improve the mobility of those who have acquired brain injuries. 

The base, just off junction 35 of the M1, is only two miles from the previous headquarters of the organisation. 

Paces also announced that they will develop a service for young adults aged between 18 to 25 to ensure the organisation is able to offer care for a range of different age groups. 

Dr Pitfield added: “There is too little provision for adults with motor disorders and brain injuries across Yorkshire – whether that’s recovering from a Stroke, living with Cerebral Palsy or facing a diagnosis of Parkinson’s.”

You can donate to Paces Sheffield via www.pacessheffield.org.uk/support/donate.

Written by Vitalii Yalahuzian

Journalism student at the University of Sheffield

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