Shropshire day centres closure plans revealed

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Plans have been revealed to close three Shropshire day centres which look after people with learning difficulties.

The Hartley's and Sabrina Court centres in Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth's Innage Lane facility may shut following a fall in the number of people using centres.

A new one has been proposed for Oswestry to replace two existing centres, Avalon and Lorne Street.

Shropshire Council cabinet member for adult services Tim Barker will make a final decision on 1 August.

The proposal to close the two Shrewsbury centres and the Bridgnorth one was "mainly due to user numbers declining and the buildings no longer being fit for use", the authority said.

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This month 463 people were using day centres compared with nearly 600 a year before, it added.

The council said clients and carers would be spoken to "about the future options available" and anyone "who needs to continue day centre care will be able to use other council or community facilities".

A new centre has been proposed for Oswestry because the two existing ones were no longer fit for purpose, the authority added.

It said the number of people using traditional day centres was falling "as more people take up the option of alternative activities".

Mr Barker said: "We are talking to people who use adult social care services, and their families and carers, about giving them the choice to do different things instead of the traditional approach of being taken to a day centre.

"That could be employing a personal assistant to help do things themselves, attending art classes or going to a football match.

"The whole aim is to give people choice by allowing them to spend a personal care budget on activities that are right for them."

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