New venue found for Maidstone Resource Centre
11 May 2015
A group of disabled people in Kent are delighted to have moved into a lovely new venue for their local activity and skills group.
Maidstone Resource Centre is a lifeline for its users — some of who have been using the service for 20 years.
The group of 42 disabled people were devastated when told the centre may need to close but a new provider, Housing 21, stepped forward after seeing an urgent media appeal and offered a new venue at Tovil Green Court in Maidstone.
The new day centre ticks all the boxes by providing a safe and comfortable place for disabled people to meet, and accommodating a range of engaging activities.
Clare Hedgers has been going to Maidstone Resource Centre for seven years.
‘The new venue is a really lovely place,’ said Clare. ’The colours and the bright wallpaper are really welcoming – it’s like being in someone’s home. We have a patio with a flower border which we’ll enjoy using in the summer.’
‘This centre means so much to me. I don’t know how I would have coped at home without it. I come here and see my friends, play bingo, read and do puzzles, we’re a family.’
Another user, David Scott, has been using the centre for 20 years. ‘I have been coming to the centre three times a week since 1995, it means the world to me. I was hoping and praying that we’d find a new place. It feels a bit strange because it’s only the second time I’ve been here, but it’s a really nice environment.’
‘I like getting involved in all the activities and seeing my friends – I look forward to it every week. I just want to thank everyone involved in finding the new centre – it’s brilliant!’
Service Manager Pia Rajthe-Burton said: ‘We are overjoyed that we have managed to find a suitable venue and we would like to thank all the kind people of Maidstone who tried to help us find a new home.
‘The new venue will enable us to continue providing day care to disabled people in Maidstone, as well as being able to offer the high quality day support. Tovil Green Court also gives service users the opportunity to purchase a hot meal at lunch time, access to a hairdresser and use of the gym.
‘We would like to thank Maidstone Leisure Centre, who provided a temporary space for the day centre so it could continue in the interim. They were extremely helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome.’
Maidstone Resource Centre is open three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.