A COMMUNITY centre for the elderly has officially opened its doors again.
The Metcalfe Centre, in Lee Terrace, Hetton, has been redecorated, rewired and refloored as part of the two-month project.
Age UK Sunderland, which spent a “five-figure sum” on the overhaul, has also installed a new kitchen and toilet.
A host of activities are now being lined up at the venue, including day club meetings, outreach programmes and information and advice sessions.
Alan Patchett, director of Age UK Sunderland, said the centre was an “exciting development” to build on its work in the community and make its services more accessible.
“We are proud to be opening this newly-refurbished centre in Hetton,” he said. “It is a great facility for older people and we hope other community groups will be interested in using it.”
Bob Heron, the Mayor of Sunderland and president of the charity, officially opened the centre.
Age UK Sunderland decided to name it the Metcalfe Centre, after the late Ethel Metcalfe, a former Hetton town councillor and a board member of the charity.
The tribute was in recognition of the 91-year-old’s “staunch support” of the organisation and elderly people. Her daughter Marilyn Barnfather, 61, also from Hetton, also attended the opening with her two sons.
“It is a great honour to have the centre named after my mum,” she said. “She was an active volunteer in the area, always organising events. it is a lovely tribute.”
For more information about the centre, call 514 1131.