Wingecarribee Adult Daycare Centre has reached it’s funding goal for the planned expansion and redevelopment.
On February 9, the centre received a huge $207,592 in funding from Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell, through the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The funding will facilitate the expansion and construction of the Bowral centre, as well as a new sensory garden, which is aimed at providing the shire’s elderly residents with a tranquil and peaceful space.
Wingecarribee Adult Daycare CEO Helen Denning said, thanks to the funding, construction would start mid-year.
“We are absolutely thrilled and amazed,” she said.
“We get really crowded and thankfully older people are very grateful because people need to wait for the toilet [and other things].
“So we are extending the building and getting more toilets, extending the kitchen, so it’s just getting ready for the future and our ageing population.”
Mr Rowell said the grant would not only help the ageing population, but also carers and families.
“This is going to enhance a really important service to not just the people of Bowral, but everyone in the Southern Highlands,” Mr Rowell said.
“Far too many in our community suffer from social isolation, particularly those with dementia and by funding the expansion and enhancement of such a vital service we can continue to tackle that issue.
“I don’t think the benefits necessarily end at the centre’s clients, this will enable even more carers in our community to make use of respite care and take a well-earned break.”
“If it was my family I’d want to make sure there was a facility like this they could come to.”
The daycare has a lot of preliminary planning work completed, with an approved development application and building quotes already acquired.