The project will see the reconfiguration of a local building recently purchased by the group to provide a Day Resource Centre for older people
Springfield Charitable Association Limited (SCA) is a charitable company which was established in 1980 in response to huge levels of multiple deprivation and social exclusion in West Belfast.
Their core aims and objectives are to reduce financial, social and emotional exclusion in older people and provide high quality community support services and facilities that tackle area-based deprivation and health issues. SCA currently work with older people from across West Belfast; one of the most socially and economically deprived areas in Northern Ireland. They provide a variety of community based services, with the primary service being the Montague Centre, a purpose built day-care facility specifically designed to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of a dependant elderly client group. They also offer an advice service, representation at tribunals and home visits to those who have mobility issues.
The project will see the reconfiguration of a local building recently purchased by the group to provide a Day Resource Centre for older people (consisting of activity rooms, small library, treatment rooms, communication & consultation rooms, hydrotherapy pool and older people’s community gym); an urban allotment and sensory garden on the roof (open to the wider community); an advice centre service accessible to the entire local community (consisting of a number of advice support rooms); as well as providing a centralised SCA administration and headquarters under one roof.
The group hopes the project will have a positive impact on the lives of the local community and that it will deliver an integrated community space that should assist with creating greater community connections helping to address social isolation whilst improving partnership working within the area - particularly around intergenerational issues.