John Billam Resource Centre

The John Billam Resource Centre is a purpose built facility for adults aged 18 to 65 with a learning disability and/or autism. The centre provides a modern, efficient and light environment that supports the development of independent living skills.

The centre has the following facilities:

  • an IT suite
  • dining area(s)
  • sensory rooms
  • a gym
  • a life skills kitchen
  • social areas
  • multi-purpose areas
  • life skills training flat
  • access to Augmentative and Assistive Communication Systems
  • use of iPads as a mobile communication tool

In addition the building includes access to an enclosed courtyard, sensory garden, allotments, outdoor ball court and sports field.

The service is open to any resident of the borough over the age of 18 who has been diagnosed with a learning disability or autism.

Our vision is to be a centre of excellence that acts as a runway for your aspirations.

As such we adopt a personalised approach to support planning that focuses on respecting individual needs whilst promoting independence. We are working closely with parents, carers and other health care professionals to ensure our clients have full inclusion in the local community.

We support clients to access employment opportunities and work placements, where clients can gain experience and new skills. We want the same opportunities for our clients to enhance their skills, to be empowered by services and to be as independent as possible.  We ensure clients have choices on how their care is provided and we work in communities that understand personnel limitations whilst appreciating your uniqueness as a right and not a privilege.

With this in mind we are able to offer a range of services both on-site and within the community that includes:

  • art therapy
  • swimming
  • bowling
  • basketball
  • food technology
  • social skills building
  • travel training
  • horticulture
  • massage
  • communication
  • health and wellbeing
  • dance therapy
  • vocational and academic courses