Welcome to town’s new day centre

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Patricia Birchley at the front desk of the new Buckingham Day Opportunities Centre

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Patricia Birchley at the front desk of the new Buckingham Day Opportunities Centre

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Members of the public are invited to visit a newly renovated day centre.

Work to update the former Well Street Centre in Buckingham is finally complete and the new Day Opportunities Centre for older people and people with learning difficulties will open to clients on October 13.

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Patricia Birchley with Councillor Robin Stuchbury and Buckinghamshire Care Managing Director Martin Farrow

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Patricia Birchley with Councillor Robin Stuchbury and Buckinghamshire Care Managing Director Martin Farrow

Bucks county councillors visited the centre today, Monday.

And an open morning is being held for the public on Friday, October 3, when members of the local community and potential clients can look round the newly-refurbished building and view its up-to-date specialist facilities.

Cabinet member for health and wellbeing Patricia Birchley said: “It’s very good to see Buckingham’s new centre finished and ready to welcome the people who will benefit from these impressive facilities and enjoy the inspiring environment that has been created here.

“It’s been our focus with the whole day opportunities programme across the county to create centres such as this where day services of the very highest quality can support and enrich people’s lives.”

And Mrs Birchley encouraged people to go along and see for themselves from 10am to noon next Friday.

The centre will be managed by Bucks Care, the trading company created by Bucks County Council.

Managing director Martin Farrow said: “The centre will give us the opportunity to really make a difference to many people’s lives in Buckingham and beyond.

“We are an ambitious organisation whose staff reflect our drive to make a positive impact in Buckingham.

“I believe through this facility we will be able to deliver a quality of care that we would expect for our own family even more effectively.

“In addition, we want to ensure that the opportunities centre is a place for the community as a whole and we are working on plans to deliver this.

“Our open door event represents our commitment to the wider Buckingham public who, I am certain, will be able to use this excellent facility for their benefit in the future too.”

The centre has been developed within the shell of the original Victorian school buildings, so the period character of the street is retained as part of the Buckingham Conservation Area.

As well as its newly-fitted interiors and specialist facilities, the building design includes a fully-equipped training kitchen, an internal courtyard and a landscaped riverside garden.

The centre, which will offer services to older people, including those with dementia, and adults with learning difficulties, will be able to accommodate 27 clients at a time.

They will include 30 people who are to transfer from the former Red Cross day centre in Verney Close.