Phoenix Centre’s services in Lewes to be expanded

THE Phoenix Centre in Lewes is going from strength to strength as it is developed to provide day care services for the local community.

Last year it was agreed to explore the future of the Centre to maximise its use. There was a public consultation.

The Centre offers 25 day-care places for older people with short term memory loss, physical frailty and carers relief and is open during the week. The intention is that the Day Service will continue but with more organisations using the Centre, to create a vibrant community hub and lots of different activities taking place.

At a meeting on Monday, members of East Sussex County Council agreed there should be further development of the Phoenix Centre, which will include:

•Increasing the number and variety of day trips for day centre users.

•Carers, friends and relatives will be invited to regular coffee mornings to encourage more outside involvement.

•There will be discussions with other organisations that use the Phoenix Centre to see how they can promote their activities to day centre users, if appropriate. This includes health groups, a choir and a Quit Smoking group.

•Improving the use of office and meeting rooms to create a drop-in facility and better IT links in the building.

•Encouraging use of the building at the weekends.

Cllr Bill Bentley, Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is really exciting, not just for day care users, but for the entire community of Lewes. It is a marvellous opportunity to take forward plans to create a community hub which will become a thriving centre and focus for everybody in the town and surrounding areas”.