MP appeals for help to retain vital service

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has appealed for members of the public to come forward to prevent a vital service closing in Fylde.

Church Road Day Centre operates from St Annes Methodist Church and provides a place for older and vulnerable people, particularly those with mental health needs, to go to allow them to socialise with others so they do not become cut off and stranded in their homes.

The management recently announced that the centre would be unable to continue operating at its current location and is on the lookout for new premises.

Mr Menzies said: “Church Road Day Centre provides a fantastic service for some of the most vulnerable people in Lytham and St Annes.

“It is there to ensure people are not just left to sit alone at home all day and promotes social inclusion while also allowing them the independence of staying in their own homes rather than being moved into a residential facility.

“I am currently working towards having Fylde named a dementia friendly community as part of the Prime Minister’s challenge to provide more help for those suffering from the condition.

“That means I obviously want to see the best services available to people in Fylde with dementia and day care facilities are a huge part of that.

“I understand that the management have worked out their finances and can remain open but need to lower their accommodation spend so I am appealing to anyone who may have premises which they can rent to the centre for a non-commercial rate to come forward.

“They would not just be helping the centre remain open but assisting the hundreds of people who use its services and could become cut off from society without them.”

Anyone who may be able to help or donate money to secure the day centre’s future can contact Pauline Baldwin on (01253) 782743.

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