New bus a boost for day centre users

Centre chairman Bill McLeod presents the keys to Lesley Cameron, social care officer, watched by service users and Liz Ross, deputy chairman (far right).

Centre chairman Bill McLeod presents the keys to Lesley Cameron, social care officer, watched by service users and Liz Ross, deputy chairman (far right).

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Service users at the Deirdre Knight Centre in Forfar welcomed a new member of the team on Monday in the shape of a brand new mini-bus.

The bus will be used to transport service users within a five mile radius to and from the centre in Lour Road.

Making the presentation was Mr Bill McLeod, chairman of the centre, accompanied by deputy chairman Liz Ross.

Liz said: “This is a super acquisition for the centre, staff and clients.

“We are grateful to the committee for providing them with this very special new year gift. It’s a very classy vehicle which has the important task of conveying our members to and from the centre.

“We are lucky now to have two first-class vehicles to transport them in comfort.”

The centre caters for 54 service users with 24 attending on Monday to Friday.

The purpose-built centre was officially opened in 1987. On arrival centre users receive tea and toast before taking a part in a wide range of activities. They also receive a two course lunch.

As well as the social side of the centre, it also provides an important health care role.

Service users can receive an assisted bath, there is a spa bath, a wet room for showers, a quiet room for treatment from various health professionals, a small private lounge and a hairdressing salon.

The premises were extended in 1999 and 2003 and are run by a voluntary management committee.

The former Forfar Day Care Centre was re-named in 2014 in memory of former vice-chairman of the centre’s management committee, Deirdre Knight, who tirelessly campaigned for the facility.

Anyone seeking further information can contact Kathleen Fotheringham, manager, on 01307 468314.