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Council to review future of Henfield Day Centre

JPCT 220414 S14170856x Henfield Day Centre closure. Rosemary and Graham -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140422-144742001

JPCT 220414 S14170856x Henfield Day Centre closure. Rosemary and Graham -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140422-144742001

The council has said ‘no decision’ has been made yet on the future of a village day centre but it must become more ‘cost effective’.

Henfield Day Centre in Hewitts, just off High Street, has been placed under review by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and could face closure due to financial restraints and a drop in demand.

Local resident Rosemary French, 67, is a full time carer for her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and uses the centre twice a week for a bit of respite and to catch up on everyday chores.

But, after learning that the centre would be placed under review, she said the loss of a centre would dramatically affect her ‘wellbeing and ability to carry on as his sole carer’.

The county council that funds the centre, said that in the event of a closure it would ‘find alternatives for the customers’.

A spokesman for WSCC said: “We are consulting on how day services will be provided at Henfield in the future and no decision has been made.

“This is all being carried out in consultation with customers and their families and should the decision be taken to close the building we will look to find alternatives for the customers.

“Another option is to look to find another organisation to run the service from the Henfield Day Centre.

“The point is the service has to be delivered in a more cost effective manner.”

A public consultation meeting on the service took place on Monday, April 28.

 

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