Typically when a disabled individual uses the West Berkshire Therapy Centre service, their walking and balance improves by a measurable amount, along with their ability to carry out other basic tasks of daily living.
Their general outlook and social lives improve too and service users are more independent in many ways. The overall affect of all this has been carefully measured, looking at things such as how the Centre’s service users do things such as remain in work longer, do not need to draw as many state benefits, need fewer home adaptations and disability aids, take up less GP time and hospital beds, use less medicines and so on.
For every £1 spent on providing the service, the outcome is £17 saved, split between the disabled person, the NHS, Social Services and HM Treasury.
So the £150 raised on the day of the fete, alongside the £150 granted to the Centre from the Show Committee provides about £5k of benefit in total. This is a wonderful result; every £1 used to support the West Berkshire Therapy Centre service is worth about £17!
John Holt, West Berkshire Therapy Centre.