KYREBROOK day care centre is continuing to face an uncertain future.

The centre has seen a decrease in the number of people it cares for despite an increasing population of older people needing support and has now made the decision to close its facility on Mondays and Thursdays as a response.

A spokesperson said: “The staff and volunteers are determined to keep fighting so that Tenbury does not lose this highly valued asset to the community.

“Over 150 clients have passed through our doors in the past 10 years, and they and their families know the difference that Kyrebrook has made to their lives. 

“We are a not-for-profit community interest company, no fat cat directors in this company creaming off any profits. in fact, if it was not for the flexibility and kindness of the staff and volunteers, we would have shut our doors earlier in the year and found jobs that pay us a decent guaranteed living wage.

“Our care and commitment says a lot about our genuine love of caring for people. A lot of people presume that we are funded by the council, but every penny of income is from attendance fees and grants that we sadly, mostly unsuccessfully apply for.

“We won't give up hope until the bitter end.”

The team at Kyrebrook are exploring new ways of attracting clients to the centre, with an increase in posters and flyers being distributed around Tenbury and a lunch club scheme which will be launched in November.

The centre will open for a few hours on Mondays and Thursday so that the lunch club can take place. Tenbury Transport Trust will be providing free transport for people within three miles of Kyrebrook so they can enjoy a two-course lunch, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and activities such as board games, quizzes, singalongs and bingo.

In January, Ria Baxter, the centre’s director, said: “It makes no sense whatsoever that a service with such a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable older people is not being valued, particularly when domiciliary agencies are having such severe staffing problems and, in some cases, are handing back care packages to county councils or refusing to take new clients onboard.”