Creggan Day Centre reached its 25th anniversary recently and to mark this major milestone, members of the local community, staff and management gathered together for a morning of celebration, pampering, light entertainment and reminiscing.
The centre opened at end the 1989 to give support to the growing community in Creggan. Fast forward to today the centre provides a dedicated service to people of all ages spanning the entire family. Such services include early years support, therapeutic intervention with individual children and their families, parenting groups, after schools clubs, health visitor and a podiatrist. It also hosts adult day-care services, the Mental Health Link group and the Dementia Support group which gives respite for families and carers as well as providing a structured day for the group members.
During the celebration event Holy Child Primary School and St John’s Primary School provided the music and sung Christmas carols. Two trees were planted in the gardens marking the connection between women and children’s services and adult day care services provided within the centre.
Kieran Downey, Director of Women and Children’s Services at the Western Trust said: “Creggan Day Centre is a dedicated facility serving the Creggan Community. It provides support to all ages from the very young right through to the young at heart. The centre has long been the hub of the local community and we are proud to have made a difference to people’s lives for a quarter of a century.”
He added: “The facility is a home from home for a lot of people within the Creggan community. As soon as you enter the building you get a real sense of warmth, inclusion and community spirit. Staff here show a real passion and commitment to bettering the lives of local residents. I am delighted to be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations and I wish the staff every success for the next 25 years.”