Saturday, May 26, 2018

Proposed relocation of services currently delivered at Tonyrefail Day Centre

Services currently delivered at Tonyrefail Day Centre could be relocated to Gilfach Goch Day Centre as part of wider operational changes to the Council’s Community Meals Service.

Alongside proposed changes to the production of Community Meals in the County Borough, Cabinet Members will also consider a proposal to close St. George’s Day Centre in Tonyrefail and relocate the existing provision of community meals to nearby Gilfach Goch Day Centre.

A report to Cabinet on Thursday, January 25, recommends the Day Centre’s long-term viability is considered - if changes to the Community Meals Service are accepted and the production kitchen at St. George’s is no longer required.

The report also highlights the poor quality of the building, the low usage of the Centre and its close proximity to Gilfach Goch Day Centre – where there is a better environment and greater opportunities for social activities.

The report recommends Cabinet agree to the Council undertaking an eight-week public consultation process over the permanent closure of St. George’s Day Centre. If, following consultation, the closure is agreed, the open access day service would be transferred to Gilfach Goch Day Centre.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult and Children's Community Services, said: “Cabinet will next week consider proposals to alter the operational arrangements which produce Community Wheels. That change, if agreed, would result in the kitchen at St. George’s Day Centre in Tonyrefail no longer being required.

“As a result of the low usage and poor condition of the building, the report logically proposes relocating the services currently provided to Tonyrefail residents at near-by Gilfach Goch Day Centre, which offers a more fit-for-purpose facility to residents.

“St. George’s Day Centre is a former chapel that is in a very poor condition, has low usage and an outstanding backlog and essential maintenance of approximately £578,000. Cabinet have therefore been recommended to consider the future viability of this facility.

“St. George’s Day Centre currently houses a production kitchen which will no longer be used if Community Meals changes are agreed. Another consideration is that the Day Centre is staffed and run by Community Meals kitchen staff – so additional catering and staffing arrangements would be required if the Community Meals Service vacated the building.

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Source: http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Newsroom/PressReleases/2018/January/ProposedrelocationofservicesdeliveredatTonyrefailDayCentre.aspx (Fri Jan 19th 2018)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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