VIDEO: Hospice outreach centre now taking shape in Haverhill

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Work has got underway in Haverhill on the first outreach community centre for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Builders moved into the Burton Centre, next to Haverhill Library, on Tuesday (January 7) to start converting it into the new facility - the first of its kind in Suffolk.

Work has begun to convert the Burton Centre in Haverhill to St Nicholas Hospice Care's outreach community centre.
Pictured helping to remove an inner wall are the hospice's chief executive, Barbra Gale (left) and  Mandy Wilson, hospice outreach centre manager.
Work has begun to convert the Burton Centre in Haverhill to St Nicholas Hospice Care's outreach community centre. Pictured helping to remove an inner wall are the hospice's chief executive, Barbra Gale (left) and Mandy Wilson, hospice outreach centre manager.

Building work is due to be completed by March 17, with all services in place by the beginning of April.

Once completed the building will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Barbara Gale, the hospice’s chief executive, said: “This will be our first outreach community centre, so the Burton Centre is our first way of taking hospice services out into the community and bringing them closer to people.

“It’s really a place for people to come out and find out about hospice services and hospice care and for people to socialise.

“It’s a real resource for the community and for people who are looking after people at the end of their lives and to get some support.

“As a hospice we have got more than 140 staff and over 600 volunteers so the local staff who cover this area will be using it as a base.

It is about bringing hospice care into the local community because Bury is a long way for people to come, particularly if you are not feeling well.”

The centre will include day services, a café and activity groups such as Positive Living, Creating Writing, Knit and Natter and Boys Own.

The centre’s large downstairs community room will continue to be accessed by those local groups already using it as part of the hospice’s aims of embedding the centre into the community.

The total cost of the project is £400,000, which is for the building, furniture and equipment etc but does not include ongoing running costs.

The hospice received a £326,488 Department of Health grant towards the revamp of the centre, will also be available for local groups, not just the hospice.

The hospice also needs more volunteers. If you are interested in helping call its volunteer centre on 01284 766418.

The total cost of the project is £400,000, which is for the building, furniture and equipment etc but does not include ongoing running costs.

The hospice received a £326,488 Department of Health grant towards the revamp of the centre, which will also be available for local groups, not just the hospice.

The hospice also needs more volunteers. If you are interested in helping call its volunteer centre on 01284 766418.

 

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