Agenda item

Agenda item

Future of Ampthill Older Persons Day Centre and the Public Consultation Outcome


To consider the outcome of the consultation into the future of the Ampthill Day Centre and make recommendations to a future meeting of the Executive.



The Head of MANOP introduced a comprehensive report on the Older Persons Day offer in principle and specifically on the current arrangements in Ampthill.  Pilot schemes on new day care offer had been carried out, feedback from the residents and staff had been collated as well as a full public consultation.


In response to concerns  raised by Members, the Head of MANOP provided the following responses:-

·         It was recognised the size of the current day centre accommodation was too big, it continued to be a life line to local residents and other users of the facilities.

·         A Member was disappointed that the current site was not being considered as a health hub for the area and was also concerned at the loss of facilities for Ampthill and beyond, taking into account the growing population. This was not however in the scope of the review of the use of the Ampthill Day Centre.’

·         Whilst the sample of feed back to the consultation was small, all those customers who had been able to give a view were provided with help to do so.


The Executive Member for Adult Social Care advised it was the Council wished to move to a better offer for residents, some of whom had welcomed a session at the Silsoe Horticultural facility.



·         Acknowledges there has been an acceptable consultation with a mixed response to the preferred option

·         Asks that cognisance is taken of those concerned about retaining friendships, travel distance

·         Needs reassurance that the facilities at Silsoe are sufficient and the interaction with horticulture service users is well managed.

·         While there has been a mixed response, look at the result of the pilots and recognise that the hub and spoke approach will be more flexible to meet modern day client’s needs and improve the Council’s offer.


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