Dorset charity, Prama to re-open Ferndown Barrington Centre with immediate effect
Dorset charity, Prama to re-open Ferndown Barrington Centre with immediate effect.
- Donations collected from the local community in the last few days will be ‘ring-fenced’ for the Centre.
- Centre staff will be retained and operating costs underwritten.
- Centre to maintain identity and existing services will continue.
Following discussions with the Ferndown Community Association, Dorset charity Prama has agreed to take the Barrington Centre forward and re-open it to the public with immediate effect.
Prama have agreed to retain the staff and underwrite the operating costs of the Centre. The Ferndown Community Association voted unanimously to accept Prama’s offer as it would allow the Centre to maintain its identity as part of the Ferndown community and see the Centre's much loved services continue.
Steve Robinson, Chief Executive of Prama said, ”I am delighted that Prama is able to support the community of Ferndown and facilitate this wonderful centre’s future. I would like thank everyone, including the staff team, volunteers and public, who have worked so hard to help, and assure everybody who has made a donation or supported the Barrington Centre through this difficult time and that every penny of the donations made in recent days and months will be ring-fenced and used for the purpose they were given in securing the future for the centre. I would especially like to recognise the extraordinary efforts made by the Trustees who have remained so strong under pressure. Although many will know Prama as a charity that primarily provides care to older people, I can assure everyone that we will be supporting the Barrington to be a community centre for all ages."
Kathleen Taylor, Chairman of the FCA stated, “The FCA are thrilled that, with the support of Prama, we are able to reopen the Barrington centre and Raffles Café to the public, and to enable our tenants, Ferndown Town Council, the Community Support Police and Neighbourhood Watch to continue to provide their much need public services”.
The Barrington Centre will open its doors this morning (Friday 27 January) at 9am; it is anticipated the café will be open for business from 10am, with a limited menu. All tickets purchased will be honoured, coach trips scheduled and activity clubs will be reinstated, but we would advise you to contact your group leaders initially.