Promote Ability Community Enterprise, known as p.a.c.e, is a community interest company set up by Debbie Jones and Craig Fletcher. Through their 23 years of experience of front line work for the City Council and nine years working with voluntary and community organisations they felt there was a gap in services for disabled people to improve their health and quality of life choices.
From the seed of the idea, developed whilst sitting in the pub, along with donations, a helpful benefactor, support from friends, family and the community and a lot of hard work they now have a centre, with a gym, workshop and café. They have over 20 clients per week, both self-funders or personal budget holders who buy assistance with support planning, life coaching, woodwork tuition and gym instruction from the three full time workers. Also their café is open to the public.
In the future they are eager to move towards rehabilitation services and are looking to work with local health services to develop preventative and re-enablement support. Find out more about them at: www.pacederby.co.uk
What an amazing thing to do. There are far too few people in our community working to improve the lives of local disabled people.