Volunteers step in to keep Wellingborough day centre running

Stephanie Harris, back left, at a community IT session organised by Waca

Stephanie Harris, back left, at a community IT session organised by Waca

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A day care centre that was threatened with closure will be kept open by volunteers, but will only open one day a week.

The day care centre run by the Wellingborough Afro-Caribbean Association (Waca) at its base in Rock Street, Wellingborough, has struggled to find alternative funding to allow it to carry on after its county council contract ended, and feared it would have to shut its doors for the last time at the end of September.

A petition was started calling for the centre, which helped about 20 people a day and cost £52,000 a year to run, to be saved.

The centre is now being run by volunteers and is open one day a week instead of four while it awaits news on any potential funding to enable it to extend those hours.

Previously, it had been given a county council contract to help the elderly by organising activities and providing a hot lunch.

Its former manager Stephanie Harris told the Northants Telegraph last month: “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.

“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.”