SPEAKING following a meeting with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Ballycastle SDLP councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for the Trust to listen to the local community and act immediately to address the issue of adult day care based in Ballycastle.
“If adult day care facilities cannot be accommodated on the new Rathmoyle site, and I will be pressing the design team to ensure that every effort is made to keep the facilities within the site, then the community must help shape any future facility.
“The Trust have committed to providing ‘building based’ adult day care facilities in Ballycastle. Every effort must be made to ensure any new facility meets the needs of the service users, carers, families and staff.
“I have recommended a stakeholders group be established to help shape the future of day services and ensure the needs of the community are met. The Trust has agreed to this request.
“Any new model must be based on what people have told us they want. Ballycastle deserves the best possible facilities which incorporates more choice, more variety, the chance to be independent and to get involved in community-based activities.
“With works on the new ‘supported living’ provision on the Rathmoyle site pending it is imperative that any project planning to deliver adult day care services needs to begin to take shape as early as possible.”