Launch Party Celebrates the New Maples Wellbeing Centre

Maples Launch Event

THE MAPLES Day Care Centre is marking its move to a new location this month with a celebration event for members and their families.

A plaque commemorating the new centre will be officially unveiled by the Mayor of Reading, with a welcome speech from Cllr Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care.

Representatives from the leisure centre operator, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), will also attend the event.

The opening ceremony will be followed by a celebratory party with refreshments and entertainment during the afternoon.

The launch party takes place on Wednesday 15th February between 2-4pm.

There will also be a chance for members to check out the latest assistive technology, including a demonstration of how to use Skype on a tablet.

The new centre first opened its doors to members on Monday 5th December. The Council’s day care centre serves people with a range of needs and provides specialised day services for frail older people and people with physical disabilities.

The new centre is fully accessible, with its own separate, secure entrance to the right of the main leisure centre entrance and a drop-off area right outside for mini buses and disabled parking. For those who can use public transport, the number 28 route serves the location with plans to introduce further services in the future.

An underused wing of the leisure centre was re-developed to create the dedicated day care centre, suitable for people with higher level of care needs. The leisure centre operator, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), worked positively with the Council to ensure it was able to provide this new high quality centre.

The new hub offers a range of benefits, such a flexible space with movable dividers to make smaller rooms for different groups and easy access to existing leisure facilities and activities at the leisure centre. There is also free wifi throughout.

Members can also enjoy an enclosed and secure garden area, which includes a pergola with seating and several raised planters to grow fruit and vegetables, for planting in the spring ready for the summer. The garden also provides quick access for walks along the riverside.

Rachel Eden, Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, said:

“I’m delighted to help celebrate the launch of the New Maples at Rivermead.

“This move has provided a fantastic chance to continue the good work achieved at the old Maples site and to create some exciting new opportunities for members. The new facilities have been completed to a high spec, members are settling in well and I’m sure the introduction of a specially designed garden, with riverside access, will be welcomed by everyone.

“Reading Council remains fully committed to supporting older and disabled people in our community in spite of the scale of Government budget cuts. The day service is a valued part of that.”

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Notes for Editors:

Photo call: There will be a photo opportunity at 2.30pm with the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Eden, Maples members and representatives from GLL. Members of the media are welcome to attend. Photos will be available after the event on request.

The new centre is part of a wider project looking at improving day services for people with a range of needs, including older people, disabled people with complex needs, those with learning difficulties and mental health disabilities.

The Council is also developing other community services throughout Reading that may offer a better option for other older people to forge links within their neighbourhoods.

The proposal to move the Maples to a new location went before the Council’s Adult Social Care Board on 5th November. View the full report
www.reading.gov.uk/media/4185/Item15/pdf/Item15.pdf