Services for young and old launched at Budleigh hub

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 October 2017

Age Concern are one of the charities and organisations which have moved into the new Budleigh Salterton Community Health and Wellbeing Hub. Picture: Terry Ife

Age Concern are one of the charities and organisations which have moved into the new Budleigh Salterton Community Health and Wellbeing Hub. Picture: Terry Ife

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A number of services are starting to be offered at the new Budleigh Salterton Community Health and Wellbeing hub, with more planned for the near future.

Budleigh Salterton’s new health and well-being hub is starting to offer services to young and old in the community.

Earlier this year, the former Budleigh Hospital was transformed into a new community facility.

Age Concern, which has been based at the Norman Centre, Station Road, for the last 25 years, has completed its move into the hub, in Boucher Road.

Graham Taylor, chairman of the Budleigh-based charity, said the new accommodation is ‘stunning’.

He added: “The area is spacious allowing room for various activities.

“We have an assisted bathroom for those unable to bath at home. There are adjoining clinical rooms for use by local GPs and nurses.”

Mr Taylor also confirmed Age Concern’s popular lunch club will continue, now with freshly-cooked meals prepared in the hub kitchen.

While Age Concern is offering services for the elderly at the hub, Carousel Nursery is making its return to the town, looking after children up to the age of five.

The Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre will also start to provide medical services very soon. Audiology services will also be provided to clients on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

The Budleigh Memory Café is welcoming participants with dementia and memory loss to their café.

The Hub Café, run by social enterprise Launchpad, has opened at the new facility providing work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

Westbank, which will manage and run the hub, will organise a number of services at the new hub.

Westbank Neighbourhood Friends will help vulnerable people when they are coming out of hospital. There will also be a range of activities planned at the hub including table tennis and space at the Budleigh venue is also being earmarked for a gym.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust has started to meet clients through their depression and anxiety service at the hub and NHS outpatient services are due to launch in the next two weeks.

Other health providers include Ocean Physio who will start working with clients from mid-November.

• For more information about any of the activities and services at Budleigh Hub please contact the reception team on 01395 446896.

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