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Weston Community Building To Re-Open, Focus On Care

Southampton-City-Council-LogoResidents of the Weston community will celebrate the re-opening of a much-loved community building on Thursday 28 January, 1-4pm, after a £2m redevelopment and improvement project.

The redeveloped building, located at Weston Court, will serve as a community hub for the many older people living in close proximity, as well as bringing improvements to the residents of Weston Court itself. Local residents who want to improve their health and wellbeing will have a new place to meet with each other and join in the many activities, including armchair aerobics, darts evenings, lunch & laughs events and computer classes. The new facility will also be a base to develop many more opportunities for older residents in Weston to keep active and meet new friends.

The building has undergone 18 months of extensive refurbishment, including an extension to the community building with three bedrooms, and a health and wellbeing suite. The suite and bedrooms will be able to provide intermediate care for people such as those leaving hospital, helping them get back to their local community and friends.

Cllr Warwick Payne, Council Member for Housing and Sustainability, said: “Southampton City Council wants to ensure that our older and more vulnerable residents have both the community and the care they need locally, and so we are very pleased to re-open this centre in Weston to the whole neighbourhood. This new suite is a first of its type within the city and will help residents stay independent for longer.

“With the opening of 54 flats at Erskine Court by the summer, and the proposed redevelopment of Woodside Lodge as potentially 80 homes with flexible care, the council is showing that it recognises the needs of residents who are living longer, more active lives.”