A new day centre at the Victoria Pavilion, Uckfield, opened its doors for the first time on Friday.
Service users and referrers were invited to see the refurbished space and chat with Margaret Dode-Angel and some of her team from Sussex Support Service about their plans for the future.
About 40 people went along including representatives of the Altzheimer’s Society and East Sussex County Council.
Janice Knight, a project manager with the county council, said it was a lovely place. “It looks really good.”
Margaret, who lives at Manor End in Uckfield with husband Jay, 15-year-old son Connor and nine-year-old daughter Esme, has refurbished the building herself with help from her family and other volunteers.
She says the former football club premises are perfect for their new role with a spectacular view across the Victoria Pleasure Ground and plenty to watch outside.
Margaret and her team of eight work with people with dementia, Parkinsons, those who have had strokes, or who have mild memory problems, anyone with extra care needs or who needs to ‘get out of the house and have a bit of fun’.
There will be plenty of space for craft activities, cooking and to enjoy the company of others and on the balcony there are plans for raised flower beds to be enjoyed and tended.
The day care centre is due to open to users next week and there are plans for an official launch later in the month.
To get an idea of the space available for the new day centre see the UckfieldNews.com video below:
*Victoria Pavilion was let by Oldfield Smith & Co.