Centre closure meetings begin

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THE first in a series of meetings discussing the potential closure of several Wigan day centres has been held.

Carers from Hindley gathered at its library to air views on proposals that could see the town’s Amberswood centre shut as part of a money-saving programme by the council.

The local authority owns 13 centres used by 700 people, but it wants to halve the number in a bid to replace care in expensive-to-maintain buildings with a more flexible service involving charities, community groups and volunteers. The aim is for service users to have their own personal budgets to spend on care provision.

Among those being considered for closure are Mayfield day centre at Kitt Green and the one at Amberswood.

Julie Jeffers, council head of community services, said: “As part of the council’s review of day services, we have held our first meeting with carers to discuss the needs of people who currently attend Amberswood day centre in Hindley.

“The meeting was part of a consultation programme that’s taking place over several weeks. Similar meetings will be held with people who use such services, their families and their carers.

“Any suggestions and ideas from these meetings will be considered as we reshape our day services in order to provide care efficiently and effectively.”