Basildon Committee agree to retain and expand hot meals service

The Communities Committee last night agreed to invest funds into retaining and expanding the hot meals service at the George Hurd Centre.

The George Hurd Centre (GHC) Committee have been awarded annual funding of £5,000 to enable a selection of pre-packaged meals and desserts to be served to members one day a week on a permanent basis. Basildon Council has been working alongside the GHC Committee since February 2018 to offer hot lunches every Monday.

An additional one-off allocation of £5,000 will also be given to the centre for 2019/20 to support a trial expansion of the hot meals service to two days per week.

Councillor Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee, said: “The hot meals service at the George Hurd Centre has proved extremely popular, so I’m delighted that we have been able to secure its future. The GHC Committee are keen to explore the possibility of extending the service next year, and we are happy to do all we can to support and empower them.

“We are committed to ensuring residents are happy and healthy, and understand that our activity centres can be a real lifeline to a lot of lonely and isolated older people who visit them. Socialising, companionship and independence is really important, and it means a lot to members to be able to have a chat over lunch.”

The George Hurd Centre, in Audley Way, Basildon, offers a range of fitness classes, craft activities and entertainment events for members over the age of 50. Numerous day trips are also organised every year.

For more information about membership, visit www.basildon.gov.uk/activitycentres

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