A new day care centre for adults with physical and mental disabilities has opened in Market Rasen on the back of council cutbacks.
Focusability in Union Street was officially launched last week .
Community Support manager Rachael Wood-Raw said she had seen a gap in the market in the town, particularly since cuts had been made to the service provided at the Lincolnshire County Council run day centre in Mill Road.
She said: “There is a desperate need for this service in Market Rasen because people feel so isolated because we are so rural.
“I used to be a community support manager for the county council so I’m aware there is going to be a need when the day care centre closes in Mill Road.”
As well as offering day care services the centre hopes to support carers and in time be able to set up respite care.
Rachael added: “We want to make it so people are learning new skills and become more independent, providing classes on cleaning, washing, ironing, budgeting.
“We are a holistic service; we will try to do anything for anybody.”
Focusability will also look to offer services outside the day centre, whether that is extra care in the person’s own home, taking people out on a shopping trip or helping them to get involved in voluntary work.
One carer who uses focusability’s services said: “My daughter has said how lovely it is to have people listen to her about what she wants to achieve.”
Market Rasen Mayor Steve Bunney, who attended the launch said: “I’m particularly pleased that they will be offering support both at home and in the centre - this is excellent for Market Rasen.”
The Old Health Clinic Day Care Centre’s future has been in doubt since 2011.
Lincolnshire County Council has just completed the due diligence process for care providers interested in taking over the centre.
Justin Hackney, Assistant Director for Adult Social Care, said: “LCC are currently reviewing the due diligence responses from those who have expressed an interest in operating existing day services and those expressing an interest in operating new day services in Lincolnshire.
“This will inform the development of the Day Services Strategy for Lincolnshire.
“However, we welcome the opening of this new facility in Market Rasen which will help to promote greater choice for local people.”
Market Rasen Mayor Steve Bunney added: “Focusability ensures that day care services in Market Rasen continue whatever happens with council care provision there is someone in town to support those in need.”
For more information call the centre on 01673 844423.