Improved day care facilities for adults are to be created in Horwich thanks to a £1 million building refurbishment.
In a commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of older residents and those with a learning disability, the Brazley Centre off Cedar Grove will be developed into a new hub for both services.
The building is currently being used as a community centre and this element will remain once the refurbishment is complete.
The new hub will involve the transfer of older adults’ day care provision from its current home in the nearby former Brazley Library plus day care provision for adults with learning difficulties from its temporary home at The Hilton Suite in Horwich Leisure Centre.
Both groups are expected to relocate later this year once work has been completed. They will each have their own space within the building due to individual service needs but there is opportunity for efficiencies and shared areas.
The work will include a new extension to the front of the building which will incorporate a welcoming entrance, sensory room and activity room.
There will also be a pleasant conservatory style extension created to the side of the building to provide a lounge area, plus improved outdoor space for both sets of service users.
In addition, improvements will be made to car parking and the drop-off area.
The community centre will also benefit from a refresh and should open up more opportunities for community use.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “We’re pleased to be investing in services for older people and for those with disabilities, and once finished it is sure to be an excellent facility for the community.
“We recognised that the Brazley Centre could be refurbished and put to better use, therefore offering us the opportunity to bring together two services under one roof. It’s also great to see our continued work with the NHS, delivering real improvements in services for our residents.”
Work on site is expected to commence before the end of February.