New centre opens doors after revamp

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A CENTRE offering facilities for children with physical and learning difficulties was to re-open today after a £1 million revamp.

The Orchard Centre on St Bede’s Road, Masbrough, was to be officially opened by the town’s Mayor, Coun Dave Pickering.

It first opened in 1994 but since February this year parts of the building have been closed to allow for a £1.2 million refit, funded by Rotherham Council.

The centre offers short-term respite care to a maximum of nine children per night and a longer-stay option to five children a night.

It also offers an outreach Family Support Service to children within their own homes.

The centre also offers a soft playroom and new IT links.

Morri McDermott, manager of the Orchard Centre, said it was good to see the centre back in operation.

He said: “A great deal of vital and worthwhile improvement work has been carried out at the centre since February and we will be delighted to show the Mayor around and explain the significant improvements that have been made to this very important facility.”