Catterick day centre gets refurbishment grant

A therapy dog visits the Bridge Centre.

A room with a view is the latest addition to a popular Catterick Garrison day care centre that offers a chance for older people to meet up friends, take part in activities or simply relax.

The Bridge charity used a grant if £500 from Broadacres Housing Association to put towards the cost of further improving the day centre it runs in a former church in the heart of Catterick Garrison

Various veterans’ groups including Fijians and Gurkhas are based there as well as other groups for older people and those with dementia, with the Bridge providing a wide range of activities and cooked meals as well as respite for carers.

Volunteers noticed that a back room, previously used for an office which was no longer needed, had patio doors leading out into a well-maintained garden. With the main hall able to accommodate up to 100 people for activities this smaller room offered the ideal alternative of a quiet, relaxing area.

“There hadn’t been much done to it for years, so we needed carpets, paint, plaster and furniture” said chief officer Jacqueline Brakenberry.

“We have the volunteers but just couldn’t have afforded the cost so this generous donation from Broadacres has helped fund the work and will benefit many people over the years.”

Since it opened The Bridge has gone from strength to strength. As well as a meeting place it offers sessions by a wide range of groups including visits from therapy dogs and slimming world and also organises days out for users

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The Broadacres Community Development Fund supports local organisations, groups, and projects in areas where Broadacres has homes. All grants are approved by the Association’s own residents, via a Community Development Fund Panel.

Broadacres resident Patrick Lewis-Brown, who is on the Panel, said: “This a much-used venue which brings a lot of value to the community, so it was very deserving of our support.”

People/organisations who would like to apply through the Community Development Fund can visit to find out more.