‘Exciting time’ for day centre

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A NEW dementia service and a new name signalled a new beginning for a Spalding day care centre.

The former Age Concern centre in Spalding’s Park Road held a celebration evening to thank its hard-working volunteers for their service and at the same time marked their rebrand as Age UK Spalding District.

The new name follows the amalgamation of Age Concern with the Help the Aged charity.

The launch of a new day care centre for people with dementia was also celebrated.

The facility will initially be available just two or three days a week and cater for up to five people, with care provided by a former member of staff from Halmer Grange care home, which closes this week.

Manager Liz Walmsley said: “This is like a new beginning for us and signals the start of exciting times.

“We are looking forward to being able to offer a much-needed service for dementia sufferers in the town.

“The new day centre will be in our new conservatory, away from the noisier main centre, and it will be a very flexible service, tailored to the individual’s needs.

“We are starting off quite small, but can expand if the need is there.”

The celebration evening saw certificates presented to about 45 volunteers who give their time to help at the centre.

Entertainment was provided by the Ukelele Orchestra of Spalding.

Mrs Walmsley said: “We could not do what we do without our army of volunteers so this is our way of thanking them.”

The charity is always looking for new volunteers. Anyone interested can call 01775720305.