Phased reopening of borough day centres to begin

Release Date: 11 August 2020

Three council-run day centres for vulnerable adults in Richmond upon Thames, will start to reopen from next week.

As a result of coronavirus, the Sheen Lane Centre in East Sheen, the Access Project Day Centre in Whitton and the Woodville Centre in Ham, were closed in March in order to protect some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

As lockdown measures continue to be eased, and shielding guidance has been revised, the Council's Adult Social Care team have been working hard to make sure that the centres are COVID-19 friendly and follow Government guidance. This will enable them to reopen from next Monday 17 August 2020.

Council staff have been keeping in contact with regular users and their carers since March, and in recent days have contacted all the residents who regularly attend the centres, to emphasise the safety measures in place, but also discuss the individual needs of each person. 

When the centres reopen, the following will be in place:

  • Staff COVID-19 testing
  • Appropriate signage regarding social distancing
  • Daily temperature check for staff and residents attending
  • Deep cleaning of the building and equipment
  • Protective fogging of the transport buses
  • Changes to the internal layout of the centres to ensure they comply with social distancing and health and safety requirements
  • Risk assessments to keep everyone safe
  • Additional hand sanitiser units in strategic locations in the building
  • Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for staff to wear on duty

All the accessible buses and centre-organised transport arrangements have also been made COVID-19 secure.

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee, visited the Woodville Centre to learn more about how staff were making all our day centres safe. He said:

"I know it has been tough for many local people who haven’t been able to attend their local day centre. Throughout lockdown, Council officers worked hard to make sure that all individuals, and their carers and families, were able to access the support that they needed.

"Now that the centres are preparing for a gradual reopening, I am very impressed by the safety measures that have been put in place. There have of course had to be changes. The centres have had to be laid out differently and some people might not be able to attend on the days they did prior to COVID-19. However, we will work with each family individually to ensure that they receive the support that they need – either at home or at a centre."

Sheen Lane Day Centre is a specialist day centre for people aged 60-and-over with a physical disability, frailty and/or sensory loss or impairment.

The Access Project provides care and support for people aged 18 to 65, with physical disabilities, neurological conditions, sensory loss and learning disabilities.

The Woodville Centre is a specialist day centre for adults aged 60-plus who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe dementia.

Councillor Allen, added:

"I know how much all the staff at the day centres are looking forward to welcoming back residents and I would like to thank them and wider council staff for all their hard work in preparation for the phased reopening. Centre users and their carers have been very patient, but I am pleased their waiting is almost over, even if it is, for now, a slightly configuration of services - the smiles and welcome will be all the warmer for that."

See Cllr Allen visiting the Woodville Centre to understand the safety measures being put in place.

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Reference: P316/20

Updated: 28 August 2020