Popular centre just a week from closure

Ward councillor Sue Fazackerley (right) and centre manager Pauline Baldwin outside the centre
Ward councillor Sue Fazackerley (right) and centre manager Pauline Baldwin outside the centre

A Fylde mental health charity centre will be forced to close within a week if no new venue is found to accommodate it.

Management at Church Road Day Centre in St Annes, which cares for people with dementia and other special needs, revealed in September it can no longer afford the rent on its current premises and cannot continue to stay at its St
Albans Road-based site.

Pauline Baldwin, from the centre, said: “We support the people themselves and we support the carers because it gives them a bit of respite.

“There’s absolutely nowhere else for these people to go so their carers wouldn’t get the respite and they do consider us as family here.

“As it stands, without any new venue, we will be forced to close next Thursday, October 31.”

Around 25 people currently attend the centre everyday, mostly aged in their 80s and 90s.

Potential venues for the centre to move to have been discussed, but as yet there is no agreement for a new site.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, deputy leader of Fylde Council, called on anyone who may have spare space to come forward and make themselves known.

She said: “This centre
is highly important to people.

“I’ve spoken to the people who use it and their relatives, and sometimes it can bring a lifeline for them to have a
day where they don’t need their relatives cared for
24/7.

“It would be such a crying shame if it were to close.”

Following an inspection of the day centre by the Care Quality Commission in October 2012, the charity met all the key criteria it was reviewed on. Anyone who can help is asked to contact (01253) 782743.