THE manager of a northside community centre wants to build an extension to allow the elderly remain there for longer.
The St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre at Kileely Court, managed by Linda Ledger, is seeking planning permission from City and County Council to build a single storey extension and a new entrance to the building.
Linda says this new space will allow the elderly people who attend the centre for lunch stick around for longer.
At present, they have to leave at 2pm because the decade-old centre has many other uses.
“We finish lunches by 2pm as we have to use the hall for the youth club, exercise classes and dance classes. There is always something else on to make it a holistic community centre from 0 - 98. It is not just for the elderly. But we do find that since the prescription charges went up, the heat going so dear, and with so many cutbacks, they just want to stay until 4pm,” she said.
Linda is hoping funding can be sought both from council, the public and JP McManus, who has promised funding.
Representatives of the philanthropist have already paid a number of visits to the centre.
And following the merger of the two local authorities, councillors in the metropolitan area have a municipal budget allocation of €150,000 to spend on community projects.
Linda says it is difficult to have to ask the elderly to leave at 2pm - and this day room will mean they won’t have to do this any more.
“It is awful. They are sitting there, and they just want to hold onto their cup of tea. They just want somewhere they can go,” she said.
Local authority planners will decide on the application by Tuesday, February 24.If you would like to donate to the extension, or for more information, please contact the St Munchin’s Community Centre at 061-458651.