The Sussex Community Day Centre based at Otehall Chapel in Wivelsfield Green is run for physically disabled people aged 18 and over. The centre is open every Tuesday between 10 am until 4pm.
Most members are housebound and the facility provides much needed opportunities to interact with others in a creative and friendly environment. Severe disability can be a real barrier to arts and crafts activities due to the need for specialist equipment and support. Over the years the centre has developed specialist resources and skills to enable even the most disabled people to undertake meaningful projects. It also arranges stimulating talks from visiting speakers on a range of interesting topics such as local history, the art of Japanese painting and computer problems.
The centre is well equipped and run by an enthusiastic team of part time, highly trained staff. Funding such resources is a continuous challenge and very much depends on local support. The charity often faces a shortfall and is therefore always thankful for funds raised by local groups and organisations, such as the Waitrose green token scheme, Burgess Hill Bonfire Society collections and Burgess Hill town Council.
Their home in the historic Otehall Chapel, a Grade II listed building, built in 1780 it has all the facilities needed for members to fully enjoy their day with disabled access, disabled toilet and large car park. It is also conveniently situated on the B2112 between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.
Smaller, perhaps less prominent charities in communities can sometimes go unnoticed even though they make a big difference to the lives of some people year on year. In times of dwindling resources, their survival may depend entirely on local support. The Sussex Community Day Care Centre has been providing excellent local facilities for some of our most underprivileged people for the past 25 years.
Please help them to keep these vital services going in our district.
If you would like to join this much needed local charity, or know of someone who would benefit from meeting a happy ‘bunch’, please contact Valerie on 01825 721282.