Care specialist targets 50 jobs with launch of £250,000 resource centre

A specialist social care services specialist is looking to create 50 jobs in the Black Country after it launched its latest venture yesterday.

Progress Care, which supports children and young adults, has invested over £250,000 into creating a new resource centre at its Wolverhampton headquarters that will provide a range of community-based day opportunities for young people with additional needs.

The multi-purpose facility will help hundreds of individuals learn new skills for daily living, gaining employment or developing new hobbies and friendships, while receiving support and gaining access to the latest therapies.

Twelve months in development, the centre features a fully equipped kitchen, sensory room, computer/quiet rooms, and an open plan space to host group activities.

Mr John Crabtree OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of The West Midlands, officially the centre, accompanied by founder and CEO Bal Dhanoa, managing director Claire Rogers and staff at the firm’s headquarters in Millfields Road.

“Covid-19 has definitely had an impact on how care and specialist services have been delivered and, as we head back to a more normal life, we want to make sure we have the facilities and the people in place to help families in the Black Country,” said Dhanoa, who founded the company 22 years-ago.

“The Resource Centre will provide a hub for local children and young adults to come together and access skills and support that will help them live the most rewarding lives possible.”

The company, which employs 220 people, is committed to preventing family breakdowns by increasing resilience and reducing dependency, by blending a range of community-based services designed to support semi-independent and independent living.

This includes creating ‘home from home’ residential properties in Coventry, Derby, Rowley Regis, Walsall, Wednesbury and Wolverhampton.

“We have a big focus on giving people the right to live independently and our new Resource Centre will further support this objective,” added Rogers.