MIDHURST-based charity Rother Valley Together (RVT), which set up day care and a lunch club for elderly and vulnerable people at the Grange Centre at the end of last year, has announced it is to take over its day-to-day running.
When the service started, RVT commissioned Age UK West Sussex to provide the service, in partnership with the RVT members. “The involvement of Age UK has been essential to getting the service up and running during the last year,” said RVT chairman Colin Hughes, “and we are all most grateful to the Age UK team who stepped in at short notice to get it off the ground last November.
“As a core service has now been established, we are fortunate as a community group to be able to use the platform created for us by Age UK and move the service forward ourselves.”
He said during the last year a lunch club had been provided four days a week at the Grange Centre.
“Numbers have varied from day to day, the most popular being Tuesday when transport into the villages has made it possible for a greater number to attend, also Thursdays when a group of committed and creative volunteers has provided regular day activities.”
But the number of those attending had not been enough to cover the costs incurred by Age UK, “and such costs will be better born by a smaller and more locally based voluntary organisation.”
RVT is now planning with the manager, club members and volunteers, a range of activities and visits for the coming year.
“At the same time we will be ensuring the lunch club which is so vital for many of the members, does continue.
“All concerned are excited and enthusiastic about this next stage of development and the opportunity to involve more local people.”
Diana Henderson of Age UK West Sussex added: “We are delighted local people are so enthusiastic and able to take this vital project forward.”
RVT will take the helm from December 7.