Serve day centres in Rushden and Higham to close

Serve chief executive Barry Graves
Serve chief executive Barry Graves

A charity has had to take the tough decision to close its day centres due to rising costs.

Serve will be closing its two day centres in Church Street, Rushden, and Higham Ferrers at the end of March.

Letters have been sent to those affected, and the charity is now looking at ways in which it can continue to help those who rely on them in East Northamptonshire through other services it offers.

A statement from Serve said: “The costs of running the centres has grown over the past couple of years, mainly due to the need to employ additional staff to cater for a more dependent client base and at the same time the numbers of visitors has decreased to the extent that we are now running on less than 50 per cent of capacity.

“This decrease in numbers is having a seriously negative effect on our operating costs and we are suffering substantial losses in running the centres.”

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Serve’s chief executive Barry Graves said it was a terrible decision to have to make.

However, he added: “It’s purely commercial.”

The charity is now looking at how it can continue to help people through its other services.

It is hoped that through its Senior Active scheme, which organises various activities including pub lunches, garden centre visits, computer courses and help with shopping, it can still support older people in the area.