Concern over closure of Age UK day centres


Day centres run by Age UK for elderly people in Boston and Swineshead are to close later this month due to a lack of funding.

The weekly drop-in sessions are currently held at Richmond House in Boston and Swinfield Centre in Swineshead.

One resident who spoke to The Standard on behalf of an elderly relative from Swineshead said: “The day centre is the one day in the week she gets out the house and she really loves it. It’s a real shame they are closing and I just hope local business people or volunteers will be able to offer something to replace it.”

A spokesman for the Boston and South Holland branch of Age UK said: “The cost of running the day centres is unfortunately far in excess of the money we gain in income and the charity has been supporting the service for the past three years, ever since we stopped receiving funding for day centre provision from Lincolnshire County Council.

“We require at least 15 clients to attend regularly each weekly session just to break even. The attendance numbers have dropped to an average of between eight–10 clients over the last few years. Unfortunately, our day centre service can no longer continue and it is with great regret that the trustees have taken the difficult decision that the remaining two centres will close on March 24 and 25 respectively. I can assure you our staff are working closely with the clients and relatives affected by the closures to find suitable alternative day centre provision in Boston that meets their many varied needs.”

The charity is now developing a new service called ‘Activities at Home’ with trained activity coordinators visiting elderly clients in their own home to offer a range of ‘fun, stimulating and interesting’ activities.

The spokesman added: “This home delivered service will do away with the need for costly transport and associated costs that made the previous day centre provision unsustainable.”

Nigel Sheriden, commissioning manager for Adult Care at the county council said: “Richmond House and Swinsfield Day Centre are services run by Age UK. If anyone that uses their direct payments to fund services at these day centres is concerned their needs won’t be met following the closures, we encourage them to call the county council customer service centre for information and advice on 01522 782190.”