Tony McGann to support local venture
A new dementia facility being opened by three young women from Merseyside is set to open its doors in the next few weeks.
The Me2u Centre, which will open in Westvale will be formally opened by Community campaigner and Liverpool legend Tony McGann whose opposition to council plans to demolish homes in the 150-year-old Eldonians community in Vauxhall saw its regeneration in the 1980s.
Tony, whose wife Joan suffers from dementia was only too happy to support such a worthwhile venture, he said: “It is a shame that currently we need to rely on individuals to provide facilities that are much needed in our communities. This day centre is vital and will hopefully provide much needed respite for those living with dementia and those caring for them.
“As a carer I know only too well how important it is for people like me to have a break and recharge the batteries, if only for a few hours, to provide better support for our loved ones. I know that the Me2u centre will be a much used, much loved part of the Kirkby community. I wish these ladies every success for the future.”
With a list of at least a dozen people wanting to use the centre already Tony can be safe in the knowledge that his wife Joan won’t be short of company. The centre has recently undergone a major programme of works to enable it to open to the public in just a few weeks’ time, including preparations for a new porch, wet room, café and serving hatch and a brand new fitted kitchen.
NHS Mental Health Nurse and mum of four, Rosie Whittington said: “Myself, Amanda and Angela are amazed at the speed things are happening. The space we created in our minds is really beginning to come to life now and its fantastic to see the changes being made each day. We are delighted that someone as high profile and enthusiastic as Tony has decided to support us, we really do appreciate it.”
The Centre, which will house up to 20 people a day, will be a bright and welcoming space for all visitors through its doors and will provide facilities such as hairdressing, cinema and plenty of activities to suit all needs.
Amanda – a social worker specialising in older people with mental health problems added: “We visit the centre most days and each day we can see an improvement, another job that has been done to create this fantastic and much needed facility for the local community.”
The trio will be holding an open day shortly to showcase the fantastic work that has already been done and to hopefully raise much needed funds and awareness for the centre.
The centre is also looking to raise £5,000 towards a new non slip floor, sensory garden and transport, anyone wanting to donate can do so by clicking here http://bit.ly/2mStimG, Angela said: “These specialist items are vital to the success of the centre and we really do need the help and support of the local and wider community to enable us to reach our target.”
The Centre will initially be open at weekends only before increasing to 7 days a week for up to 20 clients, from 8am to 6pm.