Bracknell disabilities charity Ark Trust returns after 10-year absence

Published: 4 Jun 2013 12:00

A DISABILITIES charity has returned to Bracknell after more than a decade away.

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The Ark Trust - a charity that aims to enhance the lives of people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and sensory impairment - has launched its new premises in Market Street.

Organisers welcomed more than 50 guests, including Glyn Jones, Bracknell Forest's director of adult social care, health and housing and Nick Ireland, the council's head of learning disability.

Cllr Dale Birch, the executive member for adult services, health and housing led the opening ceremony on Monday, May 20 and said: "The Ark has come a long way to be one of the leading providers in health and social care. I think that's quite impressive."

The Ark Trust, originally launched in 1983, was based at South Hill Park Arts Centre, in Ringmead, Bracknell, but in 2001 had to relocate to Ravenswood Village - between Crowthorne and Wokingham.

It has now moved back to Bracknell. The late Cllr Alan Browne, who was Bracknell Forest mayor in 2004/5, was an avid supporter of the charity and dreamed of seeing it return to the town.

Scott Waller, publicity officer for The Ark Trust, said: "He was such a believer in the trust's ethos and work that he became a trustee and raised more than £31,000 for it during his year as mayor.

"Sadly Alan died suddenly in August 2009 so never saw his wish come to fruition.

"But his name lives on at The Ark's new home, known as The Space, where a room has been named in his honour."

Cllr Browne is also commemorated by an annual award which recognises dedication and progress by people who attend The Ark's activities.

For more information on the charity, email info@theark.org.uk, call 01344 266899 or visit www.theark.org.uk

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