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Day centre re-opens after £190,000 upgrade
6:38am Thu Feb 28, 2013
 
A day centre for the elderly that was threatened with closure three years ago has been given a new lease of life with a £190,000 revamp.
THE chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mrs Carol Pepper, and care worker Mrs Balwinder Sandhu with centre users, left to right, Mrs Edyth Denman 90, Mrs Maria Jajecznyk, 78, and Mrs Norah Tomlinson, 79.  (260213MW6-2)
THE chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mrs Carol Pepper, and care worker Mrs Balwinder Sandhu with centre users, left to right, Mrs Edyth Denman 90, Mrs Maria Jajecznyk, 78, and Mrs Norah Tomlinson, 79. (260213MW6-2)
Rushcliffe Day Service on Moor Lane, Bingham, formerly known as Moorlands, was refurbished by Nottinghamshire County Council as part of a £6m modernisation of day services.

The building has been redecorated and new floor coverings and central heating have been installed along with a new coffee area and storage facilities.

The beauty salon and toilets were refurbished and new paving and security fencing installed outside.

The centre, used by around 25 people a day, provides activities such as arts and crafts, exercise classes, education and gardening.

The wider community will be able to hire rooms for meetings and activities when it is not being used by the day service.

Service user Mrs Edyth Denman, 90, praised the centre and the work of its carers.

“It is very nice and the staff are all very nice to me — they are to everybody,” she said.

“I remember it 12 years ago when it was one single room. It has altered so much.”

Mrs Elaine Bagguley, team manager for Rushcliffe and Gedling day services, said: “It’s a fantastic community resource, which is available for the whole community to access.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback from service users and family members about how cheerful and welcoming the building is.”

Bingham’s mayor, Mrs Tracey Kerry, said she would work with the town council to help promote the centre.

“It is an absolutely fantastic venue,” she said.

“We want a lot more local groups using it to promote the community better.”

Bingham’s county councillor, Mr Martin Suthers, echoed calls for the wider community to use the centre.

“We are trying to engage other groups, such as Bingham U3A and Rushcliffe CVS, and tell them we have got this beautiful, modernised facility here,” he said.

Mr Kevin Rostance, chairman of the county council’s adult social care and health committee, said the improvements had breathed new life into the facilities and made it a more welcoming and modern environment.

The future of the day centre was thrown into doubt in 2009 by budget proposals put forward by the county council.

As part of proposals to save £85m over three years the council planned to close three of its 20 centres for older people.

Later that year it was announced that Moorlands Day Centre would not be one of the centres to close.which is available for the whole community to access.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback from service users and family members about how cheerful and welcoming the building is.”

Bingham’s mayor, Mrs Tracey Kerry, said she would work with the town council to help promote the centre.

“It is an absolutely fantastic venue,” she said.

“We want a lot more local groups using it to promote the community better.”

Bingham’s county councillor, Mr Martin Suthers, echoed calls for the wider community to use the centre.

“We are trying to engage other groups, such as Bingham U3A and Rushcliffe CVS, and tell them we have got this beautiful, modernised facility here,” he said.

Mr Kevin Rostance, chairman of the county council’s adult social care and health committee, said the improvements had breathed new life into the facilities and made it a more welcoming and modern environment.

The future of the day centre was thrown into doubt in 2009 by budget proposals put forward by the county council.

As part of proposals to save £85m over three years the council planned to close three of its 20 centres for older people.

Later that year it was announced that Moorlands Day Centre would not be one of the centres to close.

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