The Castle Avenue Day-Care Centre in Penarth – which caters for adults with learning disabilities – is to close.
The centre is one of three Vale centres which provide such day-services : the other two (Woodlands and Trysor O Le) are based in Barry.
The closure has partly come about because of declining numbers of people using the service and because of the Vale Council and Cardiff Council’s “Day Opportunities Strategy” which was rolled out between 2014 and 2017 .
The council says “Individuals had been supported to move to alternative opportunities within their communities in order to meet their personal outcomes and further promote independence, with internal day services focussing on meeting the personal outcomes for people with complex needs. Direct payments had also provided people with greater choice and control over how to meet their outcomes.”
The decision to close the Castle Avenue centre has been endorsed by the Council’s Healthy Living and Social Care Scrutiny Committee . The council says “Members were aware of their duty to pay due regard to the impact that any proposed changes may have on protected characteristic groups when reaching a decision.”
Castle Avenue Day Service was open 253 days of the year and was originally established 25 years ago as a house for people with a learning disability who presented with challenging behaviour. The council says “the building had not been adapted and with more sophisticated health care practice and guidance in respect of positive behavioural management, was now no longer fit for purpose to support people with complex needs.”