Day care facilities shut down
Volunteers concerned for the elderly after the closure of club and centre
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.
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.