HS4LC was formed in April 2010 in a response to the overwhelming need for support for vulnerable people in our community.

We are a registered charity and provide a thriving adult education centre and community hub for around 100 people with learning disabilities. We also own two care homes in Harrogate – the award-winning Brackenley in Starbeck and Briardene near the town centre.

Many of the people who come to us have multiple disabilities and some have complex communication needs.

What We Do

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre 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.

This will help them to 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.

Our staff are highly qualified and skilled professional tutors, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers from our community.

Our Accolades

In 2012 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.

In February 2017 one of the two care homes we own, Brackenley, was awarded an Excellence in Care standard.

The awarding authority, Excellence Squared, said the overall impression was that the resident “was the centre of what the home does”.

The three-year award recognised: “Staff are very positive….and talents are nurtured, providing residents with access to a range of activities. Staff knowledge, attitude and behaviour is regarded as the home’s biggest asset.”

Brackenley care home for adults with learning difficulties banner for excellence in careThe Queen's Golden Jubilee Award        Duke Of York Community Initiative Award

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 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.

Our Day Centre is also looking at providing ground-breaking group activities for young people with autism.

HS4LC owns two care homes in Harrogate.

Brackenley, which was acquired in 2014, is an award-winning home on Knaresborough Road in Starbeck. It is a large detached house in its own grounds with a sensory cabin in the gardens and allotment attached. It caters for up to 13 residents and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Briardene was bought by HS4LC in late 2016 after, like Brackenley, it got into financial difficulties under previous private ownership. It also looks after up to 13 adults with learning and physical disabilities. It is a handsome triple-fronted house in East Parade, near the two centre, its shops, cinema, cinema and theatre.

Our mission at both Brackenley and Briardene is:

  • To support adults in the Harrogate area and surrounds, with learning difficulties and disabilities and to enable them to enjoy rich fulfilling lives, living, learning, working,
  • To provide or assist with the provision of educational courses, social activities, training and advice to meet people’s needs and abilities so that they may participate in community life
  • To provide a safe and personalised holistic model of care, support and living skills where people live, whether in residential, supported or independent living situations.
  • To promote such other charitable purposes for the benefit of persons with learning needs and volunteering in our community.

Briardene CQC Inspection Pending

Excellence In Care

Excellence in Care Award

The Excellence Squared team visited Brackenley in February 2017 and were impressed by staff commitment, the level of care and overall impression that the resident was the centre of what the home does.

The three-year award recognised: “Staff are very positive….and talents are nurtured, providing residents with access to a range of activities. Staff knowledge, attitude and behaviour is regarded as the home’s biggest asset.”

Trustees

Bernadette King

Chair

Bernadette is a successful inner city secondary and executive head teacher. She has 20 experience in strategic leadership, change management, organisation and logistics, human resource issues, financial and facilities management and working with families and children in difficult circumstances. Since her retirement as headteacher in 2010, she has continued to work part time as a school improvement advisor.

Hadyn Moorby-Davies

Chief Executive Officer

Hadyn has had an extensive career in care over many years. He has managed both day services and residential homes in North and West Yorkshire and he also has experience of working for North Yorkshire County Council. He is married with two children and two stepchildren and lives in Skipton. He loves the outdoors and is a keen cyclist and runner

Judith Oliver

Trustee

Judith Oliver BA (Hons), Cert HSC, PGCE brings to the Board 21 years experience working with adults with learning difficulties/disabilities. Promoted from HS4LC's Lead Tutor to Centre Manager in 2014, Judith is currently studying CMI level 5 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Tony Goodson

Trustee

Tony is a former managing editor at BSkyB. His international career in senior media management, editing, writing and team-leading has given him a “can-do” attitude to most situations. Tony, who is married with two boys and lives in Harrogate, is also a caregiver to adults with various needs working with a Yorkshire health company.

Diane Lofthouse, MBE

Trustee

Diane is a direct beneficiary of HS4LC as a Health and Social Services client in receipt of social care support. She gained the MBE for services in raising awareness of Disability Hate Crime and was invited to speak in the House of Commons on the subject. Diane is employed by the Care Quality Commission as an Inspector of Registered Care Providers and is a member of the Regional Partnership Board for Disability. Diane brings to HS4LC her insight and knowledge of social care issues as they affect people with disabilities.

Bernard Marsden, FRSCE

Trustee

Bernard is a retired Civil Engineer and former Trustee of The Benevolent Society of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He brings to HS4LC his experience of fund management, scrutiny and governance at Trustee level and is committed to maximising use of assets and the application of business case modelling in managing risk.

Trevor Lincoln

Trustee

Trevor retired after a long career in public service, mainly housing related. A past chair of Young Persons’ Housing Charity he is currently involved with Groundwork Leeds and is a volunteer with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor recently became an advisor to HS4LC Board bringing his experience of governance, performance management, service improvement and organisational change.

William Gosling

Trustee

William began his career as a R&D engineer after being awarded his PhD by Imperial College. He progressed into management and eventually business development consultancy in the private sector including SMEs. During this period he was involved (both as a consultant and personally) in a number of MBOs, acquisitions and disposals.
In the public sector William also worked on business and organisational development projects for the UN, UK Government Departments (including the MoD) and the EU. .
Subsequently and until his retirement early in 2014 he sat on the boards as a non-exec for an early-stage investment management company based in Wakefield and with high-tech spin-outs from the University of York and Sheffield University.
From 2005 to 2013 he was a director of Nidderdale Plus, a community support and development organisation constituted as a Social enterprise.
He has lived with his family and worked in Yorkshire for the last 40 years.

Our Background

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre is an accredited adult learning facility located in the centre of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  We began life as a small charity called “The Junction” in 1995 responding to the lack of suitable facilities for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties in the area.

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 100 people with learning disabilities. The company also runs two care homes for adults with learning disabilities – Brackenley in Starbeck and Briardene near the town centre.

Our Services

North Park Road Centre

At our dedicated adult education centre we support around 80 people with learning disabilities and our qualified adult education tutors deliver up to thirty different courses of adult education.  Most of our beneficiaries are working towards accredited qualifications.  We also assess clients’ needs, make referrals, liaise with carers and care organisations and offer personalised support in an environment in which the clients regularly meet with their friends and develop friendship circles.

Holiday Breaks

Our North Park Road Centre closes for Easter on Friday April 14 and reopens on Monday April 24. Our summer break on Friday 18th August and reopens on Monday 4th September 2017.

Outreach Programme

We have recently begun working with local day centres, providing tutor support to enable their beneficiaries who are already following work programmes to pursue accredited qualifications in life skills.

Brackenley and Briardene Residential Care Homes

In 2014 HS4LC acquired Brackenley, a Harrogate residential care home for adults with learning disabilities. Just before Christmas 2016 we bought a second care home, Briardene, which also looks after adults with learning disabilities.

Many of the residents are already clients of HS4LC and this development furthers our vision of providing holistic support to people with learning disabilities to enable them to live independent and fulfilling lives in supportive Yorkshire communities.

HS4LC Ltd has established networks with other providers of Learning Disability Services in the charitable sector. We are a member of Your Consortium Ltd, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Skills for Life Network, Harrogate and Ripon Council for Voluntary Organisations and we are signed up to the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Social care Commitment and Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons Policies and procedures.

Our Purpose

To enable people with a learning difficulty or disability to learn, earn, and live fulfilling lives in supportive Yorkshire communities.

Our Values

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre recognises that people with learning disabilities can experience isolation and exclusion from mainstream community lives.

We believe in the right of every individual to live to their full potential.  We believe that people with learning disabilities should have services available to them that offer support and help within the context of an understanding of their particular circumstances including the provision of safe and secure environments for learning.

Our Vision

People with a learning difficulty or disability are able to live independent and fulfilling lives in supportive Yorkshire communities.

HS4LC expects to develop our services to meet the more holistic needs of our beneficiaries. Our four Strategic Goals are:

  • To deliver first class personalised support services for socially excluded adults with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • To develop our outreach services for people living in adjacent areas to the Harrogate District
  • To develop new solutions to meeting the broader needs of our beneficiaries – learning; earning; leisure and living
  • To secure the longer term future of our organisation for the benefit of socially excluded adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

HS4LC Ltd was entered into the register of Companies for England and Wales in April 2010 and began trading in February 2011.

The charity was incorporated under the Companies Act 2006 as Harrogate Skills 4 Living Ltd, a private company limited by guarantee and without share capital.

In October 2010 Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre registered as a charity with the Charity Commission in England. Hadyn Moorby-Davies leads the Board of Directors and Trustees.  Membership to the Board of Trustees is by invitation. From time to time HS4LC advertises Trustee vacancies through third sector networks. Trustees are unpaid volunteers with expertise in one or more areas which are beneficial to the governance of the organisation.

Trustees meet at least monthly.

Our annual report and accounts are available through the Charity Commission website and via Companies House.

HS4LC operates residential care services regulated by CQC, Our latest inspection report can be found here.

We are a locally rooted  community business

  • Around 80 service users from the Harrogate area.
  • Up to 35 local staff.
  • Trustees who live in the area and have local knowledge.
  • We use local businesses.
  • HS4LC is supported financially and morally by local charitable trusts who give annually to our work.
  • We engage with local business, chamber of commerce, and Rotary to highlight the needs of our beneficiaries. Members of these groups raise funds for us through sponsored events.
  • We engage with local colleges and schools whose pupils attend or volunteer as one to one supporters of our clients.
  • We collaborate with local community organisations.

We have community control

  • Both our local geographic community and our community of service users have control over the direction of the community business.
  • All directors are also trustees. Two of the directors are on the staff.
  • Beneficiaries, carers, and supporters are being encouraged to support us.
  • Beneficiaries have input to the board through regular consultation.
  • Beneficiaries shape the development of services through a structured process of designing each year’s prospectus for adult education
  • Residents have a voice through monthly house meetings. ‘The way in which clients and employees can and do influence the service is embedded within the culture of the organisation. As a result any changes to services are based on a clear wish and rationale from service users.’ (Matrix assessment 2014)

Reference and Administrative details:

Charity name:
Harrogate Skills 4 Living
Charity registration number:
1138346
Company registration number:
07219977
Registered office:
9 North Park Road Harrogate HG1 5PD
Accountants:
Teresa Bowe CCF Accountancy 30 Victoria Avenue Harrogate HG1 5QU
Further information HS4LC_Memorandum_and_Articles_of_Association – [PDF Download]