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Centre 81 Remains Open in Lockdown

Posted on January 8, 2021

Great Yarmouth’s Centre 81 is to remain open during the current lockdown.

The charity, which provides a skills and activities centre for disabled people and a community transport service, will continue to support its members during the restrictions. Chief executive Diana Staines said the decision had been made in consultation with Norfolk County Council and would be kept under review.

“We operated our skills and activities centre very safely during the last lockdown, operating three secure bubbles for members and regularly testing staff and volunteers,” she said.

“It’s absolutely essential for the mental and physical wellbeing of our members to attend Centre 81, which helps them to have a little normality in their lives. Being stuck at home is bad enough for anybody, but if you have a disability it can be quite distressing. We know from experience that such isolation over several weeks can have a terrible effect on the mental health of our members and their carers.”

As in the previous lockdown, Centre 81’s staff will maintain regular telephone contact with members who can’t attend the centre and will collect shopping and prescriptions for those unable to leave their homes.

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