Volunteers support transformation at Lightfoot Lodge

A number of organisations in west Cheshire are taking part in volunteering days to help transform Lightfoot Lodge into a modern, accessible facility that delivers community and building-based activities to people with learning disabilities and autism.

Improvement works have been carried out at Lightfoot Lodge, the head office of Council company Vivo Care Choices, over the last couple of months to make sure the building continues to provide the best possible environment for those using the services.

Vivo’s office staff have moved into new, modern rooms upstairs at Lightfoot Lodge to create extra space downstairs for services, investing in new sensory and multimedia rooms and better access to the garden area.

Staff from the Council, Qwest Services, Vivo, as well as Chester MP Chris Matheson, are all playing an active part in the project, which involves volunteering days on both 15 and 30 August.

Volunteers helped to clear a woodland path on 15 August, allowing those using services to easily access the garden area and enjoy the greenery. Volunteers will then paint the new reception area at Lightfoot on 30 August to make sure people are given a warm welcome when they visit the site.

Alistair Jeffs, Vivo Managing Director, said: “I’d like to thank all of the people who have volunteered as part of this project.

“All of the volunteers have made a real difference and helped to make sure that Lightfoot Lodge is a perfect place for people to come and receive support.

“It’s been fantastic to work with a number of our partners on this project. It’s been a real collective effort.”

Councillor Val Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “This is another great example of the Council and some of its companies working closely together to make a difference.

“Vivo has made a lot of improvements over the last 18 months or so and the revamp of Lightfoot Lodge is another step forward.”

Chris Matheson, MP for Chester, said: “I would like to thank everybody who has been involved in this vital work to make improvements at Lightfoot Lodge.

“The disability services provided there are essential for many people in our community, and the volunteers involved have worked extremely hard to ensure that we have brilliant facilities available for them.”

Improving the garden area at Lightfoot Lodge will not only allow those using the services there to enjoy spending time in the outdoors, but it also plays a small part in how the Council is working with communities, schools, businesses and partners to combat the Climate Emergency, with trees and plants producing oxygen and helping filter out harmful air pollution. To find out more about this, visit: cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/climatechange.