Sir George officially opened the brand new ADSEMA premises at Unit 5, Anton Business Park. ADSEMA (Andover Day Services Electrical Mechanical Assemblers) has existed since the early 1990s, as part of Hampshire County Council's Andover Day Services. It was previously located at the Day Centre in East Portway, which it shared with other day centre users. Stannah Lifts, who own the Anton Business Park, generously made available one of their units so ADSEMA could move from East Portway to purpose built premises on the Business Park.
"ADSEMA now has much more spacious accommodation, with appropriate work units installed by Stannah. Now that they are at Anton Business Park, service users can continue to get practical training, often leading to employment elsewhere in Andover; but also it will provide social contact in a work environment which they might otherwise not enjoy. Some of the service users had been at Portway for 20 years, and moving was quite a challenge for them.”
Sir George thanked Jon Stannah for the work of the Stannah Group in making the new facility available; and Steve Burberry, who manages the premises on behalf of Hampshire County Council. Steve explained the 18 months preparative work that had gone in to the transfer and Gary Kinghorn of Stannah outlined the input from Stannah. He said how much Stannah Lifts enjoyed the work being done for Stannah by ADSEMA service users. Alison Thurston outlined the transformational work being undertaken by Social Services, in order to develop the potential of each individual and offer them a choice of working opportunities.
Before unveiling the plaque, Sir George welcomed the co-operation between the private sector and the public sector, and commended the commitment of the Stannah Group to Not-for-Profit work in the town.