Day care fa­cil­i­ties shut down

Vol­un­teers con­cerned for the el­derly after the clo­sure of club and cen­tre

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VOL­UN­TEERS are call­ing for more day care cen­tres for the el­derly after the clo­sure of two groups.

The Wed­nes­day Club, in Chal­font St Peter, held its last meet­ing in Au­gust and the Dou­glas McMinn Cen­tre, in Che­sham, will close on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31. There are no more day care fa­cil­i­ties in each area, which has con­cerned peo­ple.

The Wed­nes­day Club, an Age Con­cern group at Gold Hill Bap­tist Church hall, in Chal­font St Peter, had served the com­mu­nity for 38 years.

Janet Davies, 60, and her hus­band Terry, 69, of Leachcroft, helped out at the club, which was a walk away from their house.

Mrs Davies said: “The group we catered for re­ally en­joyed com­ing along all day. It is a great shame our club had to close.

“A lot of guests we had were very up­set. There was one who was in tears a cou­ple of times.”

The church, in Gold Hill East, launched a larger se­niors club from 10.30am to 2pm on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 24.

How­ever, vol­un­teers say the scheme is not suit­able for their mem­bers, many of whom have the begin­nings of de­men­tia.

Mrs Davies added: “We just feel very sorry for the old peo­ple who de­pended on our group.

“It was just a plea­sure to be there. My hus­band and I do not drive and look for­ward to vol­un­teer­ing. We felt we were giv­ing some­thing back.

“We feel that there is just some­thing miss­ing here now.

“Our club gave the car­ers a bit of time for them­selves and now lack­ing.”

The cou­ple, like peo­ple in Che­sham, want their day cen­tre to be re­placed.

The day care fa­cil­ity at the Dou­glas McMinn Cen­tre, in East Street, will close due to its trus­tees no longer be­ing able to sub­sidise the care pro­vided at the same level, with a ‘re­duced num­ber’ of clients at­tend­ing.

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Coun­cil­lor Derek Lacey, who raised nearly £11,000 for the cen­tre dur­ing his may­oral term in 2011/2012, said: “Day care cen­tres are im­por­tant to ev­ery com­mu­nity.

“Some of th­ese peo­ple are liv­ing alone at home.”

Bucks County Coun­cil plans to open a new cen­tre called Che­sham Day Op­por­tu­ni­ties Cen­tre in the spring of 2015.

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