Second Wellingborough day care centre could close

The day care centre for the elderly in Wellingborough faces closure after losing its funding
The day care centre for the elderly in Wellingborough faces closure after losing its funding

A day care centre for the elderly in Wellingborough faces closure after losing its funding.

The centre, run by the Wellingborough and Afro Caribbean Association in Rock Street, will close at the end of the month unless it can find funding after its county council contract was not renewed.

The announcement follows the news that Glamis Hall on the Queensway estate could also be closed.

Up to 20 people use the day care centre regularly and Stephanie Harris, the day care centre manager, said: “It costs about £52,000 a year to run the centre and that money ends at the end of September. We were given a contract to help the elderly by putting on activities and providing a hot lunch to help prevent isolation.

“They are changing the way they are offering funding and now day care comes into the wider community pot so we need to join a partnership with other groups and then they apply for funding.

“We don’t have the funds to pay for the expertise to get the funding we need.

“I have been given my letter of notice and I’m trying to find ways to make sure the customers still get to see their friends, I don’t want the link with the community to be broken.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We had previously allocated grant aid to organisations following an application process; however we have moved towards a commissioning process where contracts are awarded rather than funding streams being made available. This will help to ensure we achieve the best outcomes with the money that is available.”