Nelson Day Centre Renovated
Published on 09 April 2019 04:30 PM
We were delighted to be successful in securing a grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) to refurbish our Walton Lane Centre in Nelson at the end of last year. With a combination of the grant and our own local fundraising efforts we have been able to transform the centre over a number of months.
Centre Manager, Lesley Bowden said: “The Walton Lane project began in November when we appointed a builder to begin the refurbishment of WC facilities. The new facilities are designed to increase dignity, privacy and accessibility. We are pleased to have already noted an increase in service users accessing the toilets independently and with more confidence”.
Since then we have completed work on the kitchen area and we now have a fully fitted, matching kitchen with modern units. We hope this will increase the appeal for external user groups which enhances the existing facilities on offer for hire. Attracting new user groups will help support the sustainability of the centre. To enquire about booking the facilities please contact us.
In February we ordered new energy efficient ‘A’ rated white goods including a condenser dryer, upright fridge freezer unit and chest freezer. The low noise tumble dryer will reduce the overall noise levels in the centre, minimising unnecessary user anxiety. New freezers enable us to increase food donations from local community businesses and food manufacturers due to increased easily accessible storage space.
Lesley Bowden added: “The final phase of the project was the redecoration of the communal and entrance areas which was completed in March. The communal lounges and entrance areas have been refreshed with all walls, woodwork and architraves painted and glossed improving the overall aesthetics and environment for existing and potential service users. We will also continue to fundraise so we can get a local mural for the centre”.
The improvements have significantly enhanced the facilities for our members with a specific emphasis on accessibility for those with mobility or dementia related conditions. The improvements to the WC facilities now also enable older users to retain their independence and manage their needs self-sufficiently and maintain dignity and privacy.
The visual improvements will enhance the overall experience to members and visitors with the modernised facilities offering an attractive and fresh feel to the centre.
On 22nd March we officially unveiled the renovations and invited our Trustees, members and local organisations to see the results of project works.
We were also delighted to invite a range of service provider representatives on 27th of March to attend the Dementia Community Hub based at the centre and see the upgraded facilities.