Pengarth Day Centre receives support from the Bolitho Trust
28 July 2014
Pengarth Day Centre received £4,800 from the Bolitho Trust to help fund Pengarth's transport costs for clients with mobility problems, rural isolation or lack of income to pay for independent transport to access the day centre and Meals on Wheels.
The Cornwall Community Foundation administered Bolitho Trust supports the wellbeing of individuals, especially those faced with hardship through poor health or low income, and for organisations that provide services to those facing hardship. The area of benefit is Penzance, Gulval, Mousehole, Paul, Newlyn, Ludgvan, Marazion and Madron.
Pengarth Day Centre is a registered charity and administers senior day care facilities in Penzance. It has been providing a warm safe environment for people over 57 years of age since 1967. They offer a hot meal and transport to the day centre if needed, or deliver daily meals on wheels. Other services accessible in the day centre are hairdresser, having a bath, chiropodist, entertainment on a weekly basis and other activities such as exercise classes throughout the week. They bring a hot, nutritious meal for Meals on Wheels clients, and are often asked to post letters, take in prescriptions and to contact next of kin if a client has a problem to resolve.
A quarter of the population of Penzance and surrounding villages are aged over 65 years. The transport provided by the day centre is more economical for clients than using taxis. Clients also feel safe and secure with it being more social, door to door, the driver provides mobility assistance and ensures settling at home after their visits.
Sharon Mitchell, Pengarth Day Centre Manager, said “It was with great appreciation that we received a grant of £4,800 from the Bolitho Trust Fund. With the grant we are able to keep the cost down of providing transport to the people who attend the centre and delivering Meals on Wheels. We have been providing support for the people of Penzance for almost 50 years and with the help of the financial support from the Bolitho Trust we will go on providing the services for many more. We feel that with the support we provide we can help older people stay in the community of Penzance for longer and also reduce the demand on other health care services when all some people need is company, support and a home cooked meal.”
As one of the beneficiaries quoted, “If I didn’t have the Pengarth transport to pick me up I wouldn’t get out of my house at all. I rely on the meals delivery service from Pengarth as I’m unable to cook or shop for myself anymore.”