Day centres face hard times

MEMBERS of Cree Valley Community Council heard from an elected member that keeping day centres going would be a “hard task”.

This comment came after the meeting heard the contents of a letter from the Dr Bill Stuart the chairman of the riverside day centre in Newton Stewart altering them to a potential funding crisis for the day centre from April next year when they will lose 30 per cent of their funding.

The letter asked the community council to give consideration to helping out the centre should they be in receipt of community money from renewable energy companies as a spin off of windfarm developments in the area.

In last week’s Galloway Gazette we revealed that the Riverside Day centre would lose £23,000 of ‘top up funding from April 2014, leaving the board with the task of raising £40,000 a year to maintain the present level of services.

Councillor Geddes stressed that although he understood that the board of the day centre would be “apprehensive” about the situation he added that the decision about what funding would be available would be taken by the elected members of the council not the officials of the local authority or the health board.

The councillor added: “It is unacceptable for a good board to go scrambling about with begging letter. The day centre will go on. Elected members will be there to support day centres.”

A spokesman for the Riverside Day centre said: “The centre is a place for older people to meet and offers a chance to participate in various activities. We are open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

The ethos of the Centre is to help older people maintain a happy and Healthy lifestyle. We offer a wide range of activities and trips out. Some people prefer just to come along and catch up and chat with their friends, new and old.

“We provide a three course meal at a reasonable cost. If you would like to come along please either drop in or contact us by telephone on 01671 402010.”

Activities this week include; New age kurling, bingo, chair based exercises, discussion group, Tai Chi, local entertainer Heather Black, shopping trips, ceilidh dancing, computer class, craft class and dominoes.

r Riverside Day Centre menu choice for week ending 11/3/13

Monday: Braised sausages, potatoes and vegetables

Tuesday: Fresh salmon, potatoes and vegetables

Wednesday: Chicken goujon salad

Thursday: Roast lamb, potatoes and vegetables

Friday: Beef olives.