£568k day centre funding recommended by council

The Riverside Day Care Centre in Newton Stewart
The Riverside Day Care Centre in Newton Stewart

Funding for the region’s day centres, including the Riverside at Newton Stewart, looks guaranteed to continue for the next financial year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Social Work Committee should agree to give the centre £568,127 in 2015/16 when it meets next Tuesday in Dumfries.

The committee will also be updated on a full review of providing day centres and be asked to agree proposals for a way forward.

Mid Galloway Councillor Graham Nicol, who is on the Social Work Services Committee said: “ I am delighted the recommendations are to support all day centres to the same level as in the past and I am sure it will get the full backing of all councillors on Tuesday.

Councillor Jim Dempster, chairman of the Social Work Services Committee, said: “Protecting vulnerable people is a key priority for our council. Through preventative and early intervention, voluntary day centres help older people live healthy and independent lives and ensure that they receive the care and support they need. However, as we move towards focussing on outcomes for service users, it’s essential that we review what they do and seek to find the best way forward.”

Chairman of the board of the Riverside Day Centre, Dr John McDonald added: “We are very relieved that funding looks like being agreed for another year.

“But there is still the worry of the integration of health and social care and how that will affect us. In the future we will have to provide factual evidence that we are providing an effective service and that will be challenging. This is a new concept to come to terms with and will involve assessment work.”

In future the council‘s social work services team will ask the day centres for reports up to three times a year. Approximately 50 per cent of the people who use the service will be involved in evaluations for the reports. This data will then allow the council team to track the progress of each individual service user.

The same funding total will go to the Coronation Day Centre in Stranraer.

Stranraer and North Rhins Councillor Iain Dick said: “I am absolutely delighted to see this funding being maintained. I do know how much the Coronation Day Centre means to many people in Stranraer and the Community at large. Having been Council Adviser to the Centre, I know how well run it is and the excellence of services it provides to those who use it.”

This year the council have secured an additional £50,000 to use as an innovative fund from the final ‘Putting Yourself First’ programme to allow day centre to develop the services they provide.

There are ten voluntary day centres in Dumfries and Gallloway open from between two and five days a week. All day centres have a contract with Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide a day centre service.