10 years and still going strong

Funded with a £109,495 Voluntary and Community Sector grant in 2004, Caia Park Deva House Day Centre in Wrexham was refurbished to provide a fully accessible centre for older people in Caia Park, Wrexham. 10 years after it opened the centre is still going strong; Alison Hill from the centre tells us more.

“Last year, ten years after it opened, Deva House has achieved financial sustainability.

“Deva House is an older people’s day care centre situated on Caia Park in Wrexham. Operating out of a small community centre that was renovated using a capital grant from the National Lottery, Deva House provides a luncheon club, bathing services, social activities and meals on wheels. It provides day care for older people who are referred by social services and those who refer themselves. This means Deva House provides preventative support to people who don’t qualify for local authority funding, our care often helping them stay independent for longer.

“Daily, Deva House cares for 25 people at the centre and delivers hot meals to 25 more in the community. Deva House involves older people who use the centre in its management through a user group. Many of the older people who use the centre also volunteer for example caring for the surrounding gardens or delivering meals on wheels.

“Originally Deva House’s running and staffing costs were fully funded by Communities First but this funding ended several years ago. We have, from the start sought a sustainable model of funding and this year we finally got it cracked. Deva House is now fully funded from the fees it receives from people choosing to use the centre and from charges to the local authority for the places they have referred to us. The chief success in this though is that we have been able to achieve financial sustainability whilst maintaining our care model which places prevention as highly as providing care.

“It took a while but Deva House is a great success and provides a great model which could be replicated to provide sustainable day care.”

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