Day activity centre provision set to continue


Arun District Council has extended its contract with Age UK West Sussex to continue to provide day activities for older people until 31 March 2017.

The activities are run from the council-owned Laburnum Centre in Bognor Regis and the leased Tamarisk Centre in Littlehampton.

The future of the Tamarisk Centre will be fully considered by Arun District Council over the coming months, and Age UK West Sussex will be given time to explore alternative locations in Littlehampton if the town centre building is no longer viable.

Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Arun District Council, said: “The council has been working very hard with Age UK West Sussex over the past nine years to deliver activities for older people, and we’re very pleased to be able to extend the contract. 

“The service Age UK West Sussex delivers is important for the older people in our community. The wide range of activities on offer can help to improve the quality of life of our older residents, and help to ward off loneliness.”

Arun District Council has been invited by West Sussex County Council to consider including its day activities as part of a commissioning exercise to consolidate services across the county. 

Cllr Wotherspoon said: “Arun District Council will continue to communicate with West Sussex County Council to ensure that Arun receives a fair share of funding for activities for older people and that its facilities are best used to meet the needs of the community.”