Downham Market day centre needs more users, it it’s to stay afloat

People enjoying themselves at Silverdale day centre: Picture submitted

People enjoying themselves at Silverdale day centre: Picture submitted - Credit: Archant

A day centre in Downham Market urgently needs more people to use it, if it's to stay afloat.

Silverdale, based in the Jubilee Centre, Howdale, provides a day service for the elderly, disabled, infirm, lonely or isolated and to give regular carers a break.

It operates every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm and provides a hot two-course meal, suitable games and entertainment and – above all – companionship.

Silverdale has recently been awarded grant funding from the Healthy Communities department of Norfolk County Council to buy new games and activities which include, amongst other things, indoor bowling, darts and musical activities. The members also play cards, dominoes and other games.

Andrea Etheridge, from the centre, said: 'We really need to increase the number of service users in order to stay afloat. 'We are a completely voluntary charity organisation providing a day centre once a week for local residents who may be elderly, infirm, isolated or to give carers a break. We have recently received some grant funding to buy some new activities.'


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Dorothy Dane, the centre's chairman, said elderly residents from Downham Market and the surrounding area, who would otherwise have nothing to do, always received a warm welcome with tea and biscuits on arrival.

She added: 'Our volunteer helpers give everyone who comes special attention to ensure their day is an enjoyable one. We believe this is a vital service for the elderly in our area.'

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Transport is provided which is suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. The Jubilee Centre has level access and a toilet for disabled users.

Do you know of a west Norfolk day centre or organisation that needs help? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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