Barry Island daycare service set to close
A DAYCARE service in existence for more than ten years is to cease at the end of October.
The British Red Cross is working with the Vale Council to arrange a transition to new services for people attending the Barry Day Care Centre at Barry Island.
Service users, their families and carers have been informed about the changes and told care will continue with an alternative provider.
Daycare services will be transferred to organisations specialising in longer-term care.
Red Cross senior services manager, Lisa Kenny said: “The Red Cross has been providing a day care service in Barry for over 10 years and during that time our staff and volunteers have helped many vulnerable people.
“However, looking to the future the Red Cross will focus on providing short-term crisis care and support in the home for people after an accident or illness, giving them the confidence to continue their daily lives and reducing the time they need to spend in hospital.
“The day care service is not funded by the Red Cross and so can move to other providers.
“We are of course working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible for our beneficiaries.”
While some clients are self-funded others have their care paid for by the local authority. The Red Cross and the Vale Council both say they are confident of finding appropriate local provision of alternative services for all the service users.
Vale Council head of adult services, Lance Carver said he was sorry the Red Cross would not continue to provide day care services in Barry, but understood why the change was needed.
“Vale of Glamorgan social services are working closely with the Red Cross to plan how we can accommodate the needs of their service users,” he said.
“We are fortunate that the recent reconfiguration of social services day care in the Vale has given us the means to respond to this situation.”
He added that service users would receive a letter detailing alternative day care provision available.