A new base to support more adults. Introducing Paces @ Smithywood.

We are excited to be able to announce that we’re expanding our services for adults with the opening of a new facility.

Located at the Smithywood Business Park – just two miles from Paces at High Green and directly off the M1 at junction 35, the 8,000 square foot base will allow Paces Living adult services to grow and support three-times as many adults in the future.

It will mean more places for more individuals, who will be able to easily access the facility from across South Yorkshire and beyond, as well as providing an improved space to offer conductive education sessions that improve the mobility of those who have acquired brain injuries – such as through a Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s.

In time, Paces will also develop a service for young adults aged between 18-25 to ensure the organisation is able to offer the best possible care for those who need it no matter what their age.

Dr Spencer Pitfield, Chief Executive of Paces, said:

“This is an exciting moment for Paces and a step forward for our vision of never having to turn people away from accessing the support we offer.

“Moving our adult services to a modern facility at Smithywood will allow us to help more individuals with the care we are renowned for, enabling them to be independent, build relationships and achieve their potential.

“We know 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.

“Our unique offer, teaching life-changing skills through conductive education, in an environment that is fun, where friendships are developed, and everyone feels like they belong, is one I am excited will be available to more people in the months and years ahead.”

The Smithywood site will also be the new home for the charity’s staff while Paces School remains on the existing base at High Green. A refit will begin in the New Year with the hope of moving in during April 2021.

Paces has been campaigning for a new home for some time to allow for the expansion of its services and the numbers it can support. Moving adult services to Smithywood will mean plans can be taken forward for a new home for Paces School and further updates on that are expected in the New Year.

Julie Booth, Head of Fundraising at Paces, said:

“So many individuals, businesses and organisations have got behind our campaign for a new home for Paces and I hope they can see that, after a difficult year for us all, we have been working extremely hard to turn their generosity into real improvements to the support we can offer.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in 2020 and look forward to continuing that fundraising drive in 2021 so we can achieve our vision of a new home for Paces School, allowing us to support more children just as Smithywood will allow us to support more adults.”

More details about Paces Living Adult Services can be found at www.pacesliving.org.uk