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Durham Social Resource Centre expands with £150,000 investment

DurhamThe Durham Social Resource Centre which helps some of County Durham’s most vulnerable people by providing high quality social care has undergone a £150,000 expansion which has added 120 people to its team.

The centre opened its current base in Ferryhill in 2008 but saw a subsequent surge in business which meant it quickly grew to full capacity.

The group, which works alongside local councils to provide vital home care support for the community, then received vital funds for a new extension from the Government’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

The £150,000 investment has enabled it to double the size of its base, with the addition of an extra 2,000 sq ft – giving it the capacity to significantly increase the volume of home care services it supplies to its partners, including Durham County Council.

Chief executive John Davison said: “The extension will provide much-needed space and options for future development.

“It is great to now be able to provide better training facilities for home care staff and we would like to thank the architects and everyone else involved in making this possible.”

The SRC lists Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and Durham & Darlington PCT among its partners and since its recent expansion, has taken on an additional 120 home care workers to support Durham County Council’s home care contracts.

The organisation also offers a health appointment car scheme, which helps people without easy access to their own or public transport to attend doctor or hospital appointments.

The SRC will host a special open day event on Friday June 29th during which Joyce Barraclough – the group’s recently retired chief executive – will cut the ribbons to the new extension.

The event, from 11am to 3pm, will give people who may be interested in the organisation’s work the chance to meet the team at its base at Chapter House on Dean and Chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill.

For more information on the event visit: www.durhamsrc.co.uk

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