A fully refurbished Minnis Day Centre will be opening its doors to the public at a special garden party later this month.
On Friday May 29, the centre will be showcasing the wider range of activities and opportunities on offer for the community.
Kent County Council invested in bringing the building up to date and it will now not only run the day service from the site, but also look at more flexible support to older people in Birchington.
Because of this, the Minnis Working Group has renamed the building as the Minnis Community Hub.
The Hub has an information zone where local organisations can offer information and advice and hold monthly surgeries, a kitchen to help those maintain independence skills, and a fully accessible wet room with ceiling hoist and a therapy room which will offer health and wellbeing activities.
Work has also taken place in the garden to add accessible paths, seating, planting and a sensory area.
The landscaping in the garden and some of the furniture inside the centre has been funded thanks to a Kent County Council combined member grant of £4,200 from county councillors in Thanet.
KCC’s project lead Sue McGibbon said: “Over the past two years we have been working in partnership with Thanet Age UK Intergenerational Project – previously part of The Children’s Society – which run very busy weekly evening and weekend activities from Minnis.
“These bring both young and older members of the Birchington community together.
“The two services have come together on several occasions to run joint activities which will continue to grow and flourish.”
To get the message out that Minnis Community Hub is open and ready to accept new referrals, as well as giving the community a chance to see the changes at Minnis, an open afternoon and garden party will be held on Friday 29 May between 2pm and 4pm.
There will be stalls, games and afternoon tea.
To find out more call 01843 844561.