Plymouth day care centre to close
ONE of Plymouth's three day care centres for adults is to close over the next year.
St George's in Stonehouse will be redeveloped into affordable housing, including self-build homes for ex-Servicemen.
People who use the centre now will be helped to get more involved in their communities and to use other activities, members of the city's Cabinet heard yesterday.
Cllr Sue McDonald, the city's Cabinet member for public health and adult social care, told Cabinet colleagues that the council was moving away from a one size fits all policy as the number of people using building-based day centres declines.
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Closing St Georges, which caters for 40 people, will save the council £400,000 over three years.
Anyone who still needs to go to a day centre will be able to use Reatch or Woodfield in Whitleigh.
Cllr McDonald said: "People now have control over how social care money is spent on day opportunities with their personal budgets.
"They have more choice over how they spend their time and increasingly people are taking the opportunity to get involved in community and leisure activities outside of building-based day centres.
"We have to use our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible.
"However, we remain committed to meeting the needs of those who still need a day centre-based service."
The council will work to find suitable alternative employment for staff, but says some redundancies may be unavoidable.