Community takes over the running of care centre

The Breathe Well group, which meets at Roseberry Road Wellbeing Centre.

The Breathe Well group, which meets at Roseberry Road Wellbeing Centre.

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THE countdown has begun to the day when a community centre’s future is entrusted to its people.

Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre, Horden, will be transferred as an asset of Durham County Council to the Dr Joseph Chandy Charitable Trust (JCCT) on Friday.

One of the bingo sessions held by Roseberry Road Wellbeing Centre.

One of the bingo sessions held by Roseberry Road Wellbeing Centre.

To mark the milestone, the volunteers and workers behind it will host a fun day, where it will open its doors to celebrate the handover and help newcomers discover what it has to offer.

Since the building was taken over by the group, it has become the hub for activities, which have centred on health and wellbeing, as well as crafts, leisure and personal development courses.

It has also hosted community groups and organisations, with leaders working with residents, NHS services, councils, schools and community groups to put on a programme.

Friday’s event will begin at 3pm, with an official ribbon cutting to be carried out by the centre’s oldest and youngest members.

We would like to show the public and stakeholders what we offer and to see if there is an opportunity for us to work together.

Fiona Maher, chairman of trustees at the centre

It will be followed by speeches by County Councillor Paul Stradling and Dr Joseph Chandy, with the official handover to be carried out by Gordon Elliot, head of partnerships and community engagement with the council.

Stands and stalls from community groups and partner services will include Breathe Well, which supports those with lung conditions, and Ciswo.

Family photographs, tombola, a face painter and balloon modelling, cake stall, arts and crafts and refreshments will be set up alongside them.

Fiona Maher, chairman of trustees at the centre, said: “We would like to show the public and stakeholders what we offer and to see if there is an opportunity for us to work together.
“We are also desperately seeking enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to drive the centre forward.

“As JCCT is a charity, we rely on donations and support from the public to help keep it open so events like this are very important to us.”