Check out Forfar Day Care Centre

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An open night will be held at Forfar Day Care Centre next week to try to raise the profile of the valuable service in the town.

The purpose-built centre officially opened in 1987 and yet many people do not know where it is, or what it does.

Centre manager Kathleen Fotheringham, seated centre, is pictured with some of the service users preparing for the open night on November 7.

Centre manager Kathleen Fotheringham, seated centre, is pictured with some of the service users preparing for the open night on November 7.

For that reason the open evening will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 - and anyone interested will be made most welcome.

The centre is a bright, airy building with an incredibly welcoming atmosphere, thanks in no small part to the staff, volunteers and the service users themselves.

The service users are collected from throughout Forfar and a five-mile radius and transported using the centre’s two mini buses.

On arrival they enjoy tea and toast before taking part in a variety of entertainment.

As well as the social side of the centre, it also provides an incredibly important health care role in its beautiful, homely rooms.

Service users can receive an assisted bath, there is a spa bath, a wet room where they can shower, a quiet room where they can receive treatment from various health professionals, a small private lounge and a hairdressing salon. There is also a laundry, kitchen and office area.

The premises were extended in 1999 and 2003 and while the centre receives most of its funding from Angus Council, it is run by a voluntary management committee which tirelessly fund-raises to equip it.

The centre currently caters for 54 service users with 24 attending each day. They take part in a variety of activities, enjoy a two-course lunch and each client is assessed by social work to determine their specific needs.

Manager Kathleen Fotheringham said: “We cater for people who have got social isolation, people who are generally lonely at home but can also give their carers some respite.”