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Funds request for Swaffham day service building work




A day care service supporting people with dementia and mental health problems has requested more money for the building’s refurbishment.

The Merle Boddy Centre in Swaffham has asked the town council for grants with a total of £6,000 quoted at a meeting last week.

Staff at the day care service said they are looking to replace the heaters in the building, which are “at least 20-years-old.”

One of the heaters has also stopped working according to director Stan sole.

The building, which is rented from Breckland Council, also has a missing tile which has caused a water mark to appear on the bathroom ceiling.

Mr Sole said: “It is typical of repairs for an old building as this used to be the old station house.”

The service, located at Station Yard, provides breakfast for clients before a range of activities take place during the day.

Georgie Bell, pictured centre, is the day services manager of the Merle Boddy Centre
Georgie Bell, pictured centre, is the day services manager of the Merle Boddy Centre

A two-course cooked lunch is served before afternoon quizzes and memory discussions. The clients then typically leave around 2.30pm.

Manager Georgina Bell told Swaffham Town Council: “There is a misconception we are well off and people give us a lot of money but we need to be funded and it is a struggle to keep open.

“Councils do not fund us nor do social services. We just have a few private payments.”

Norfolk County councillor Ed Colman, who represents Swaffham, said the financial pressure on social services was “unprecedented”.

He said the county council are currently spending over £1million a day on adult social services.

Mr Colman suggested the service makes use of Breckland’s match-funding scheme.

Councillor Ed Colman, who represents Swaffham for Norfolk County Council
Councillor Ed Colman, who represents Swaffham for Norfolk County Council

Town clerk Richard Bishop said the next grant allocation is scheduled for July.

The service has also approached Waitrose and Tesco for funding.



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