LETTER: Help us save day centre

I am writing to alert you to the challenge facing the Riverside Day Centre in Newton Stewart which, as you know, serves all the communities in the Mid-Galloway area.

Elderly people from all the towns and villages of the Machars, as well as from Newton Stewart and Creetown, come to the day centre to enjoy the good food and good company. For many, it is an important part of their life and helps to keep them happily in their own homes.

Due to changes in the way of providing social care, we are facing a cut of 30% in our funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board from 2014. Our funding is secure for this year but after spring 2014 we will need to raise up to £40,000 per annum if we are to maintain the present service.

As a board, we are determined to meet this challenge but we have no illusions about the scale 
of the task. It will be particularly difficult to find sustainable funding streams on an annual basis.

I appreciate that community councils have very limited core budgets but we feel it is appropriate that people are aware of the situation. In particular, if community councils are likely to be in receipt of community benefit from wind farm developments, we would ask that they give serious consideration to helping the Riverside Day Centre. If we all pull together we can achieve something very positive for our older citizens.

Dr W F Stuart,

Chairman,

Riverside Road, 
Newton Stewart.