A brief history
HS4LC Ltd was formed in April 2010 in a response to the overwhelming need for support for vulnerable people in our community. It is a thriving adult education centre and community hub for around 70 people with learning disabilities and autism. Many of the people who come to us have multiple disabilities and some have complex communication requirements. With the aid of social investment funding we purchased Brackenley residential care home in 2014 and Briardene residential care home in 2016, together housing 26 adults with learning disabilities and autism.
What we do
Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre Ltd provides intensive education and tutoring for individuals and small groups. Courses are designed to stimulate people’s interest and to give them the skills needed through adult education and leisure learning to help them participate more fully in community life, to live independently or to move into voluntary and paid employment.
We offer structured adult education courses, information, advice, guidance and day care services. We provide a year round support centre where people can learn new skills, maintain their independence and fulfil their potential.
We deliver services from our own modern disabled accessible centre, in central Harrogate, to meet the learning needs of people with learning disabilities and autism.
Our staff are highly qualified and skilled professional Tutors, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers from our community.
We also provide CQC regulated residential care at Brackenley and Briardene. Our current staff team comprises 52 full-time or part-time staff in total.
In 2012 and 2018 we were awarded The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award and we hold The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service groups in the community, awarded to our predecessor charity.
We are a registered, recognised Adult Education Centre and a registered provider of adult day care to North Yorkshire County Council and Leeds City Council.
We hold a ‘Matrix Standard’ certification (reassessed November 2017) for the quality of our information, advice and guidance.
Our adult learning provision is inspected by Ofsted as a sub-contractor to the Humber Learning Consortium.
Both of our care homes have been inspected as ‘Good’ by Care Quality Commission and Brackenley received an ‘Excellence in Care award’ in March 2017.
Our vision is to reduce inequalities, overcome barriers and help people lead fulfilled lives.
We recognise that people living with learning disabilities experience isolation and exclusion. We believe in the right of every individual to live to their full potential. We believe that people with learning disabilities should have supportive; nurturing services which understand and respect individual needs. Therefore we provide a caring, safe environment adapted to support everyone.
Our mission is to provide quality services that will help us achieve our vision for the people we support.