Centre ends a tough year with celebration

BIG DAY Mayor of Fareham Susan Bayford visits Lockswood Day Care Centre in Locks Heath, pictured with Mary Parkin, 105, and Jack Phillips, 102. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131709-1)
BIG DAY Mayor of Fareham Susan Bayford visits Lockswood Day Care Centre in Locks Heath, pictured with Mary Parkin, 105, and Jack Phillips, 102. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131709-1)

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A daycare centre has celebrated its 17th and toughest year yet with tea, cakes and a visit from the mayor.

The Lockswood Day Care centre, in Centre Way, Locks Heath offers daycare for the elderly and infirm as well as respite for carers looking after dependents.

It means that people who would otherwise have to move into a nursing home can stay at their homes and visit the centre during the day.

The centre has faced a tough couple of years after it lost a contract it had supplied to social services for 13 years to Age Concern.

Since then, it has rebranded and started afresh with new signs and logo.

David Knight, one of the trustees, said: ‘Over the last year we have made a lot of changes. Instead of just having daycare facilities we now have a full domiciliary service, and we are hoping to integrate the two services.’

David spoke of how important Lockswood is for those who use it.

He said: ‘It provides a wonderful atmosphere for them here. And it’s comfortable in a purpose-built facility.’

Chairman Vic Smith said: ‘The centre belongs to the community.’

He said that it was due to a huge support from the community, which raised £110,000, that the centre was still going.

Because of this support, Lockswood centre has remained open, not only providing daycare but expanding into support at home.

A tea party was held to celebrate the centre’s 17th birthday and visitors were treated to homemade cakes.

Some of the centre’s users are over 100 years old and look forward to spending time at the centre each week taking part in activities such as card playing, arts and crafts and reading.

Janet Dobbyn, 80, from Locks Heath, uses the centre every Tuesday.

Janet said: ‘I enjoy the activities, the company, and in regards to food it’s first class and the staff are lovely.’

Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Susan Bayford, visited the tea party and met some of centre’s users.

Cllr Bayford said: ‘It’s a wonderful centre and important for the community.’