Elderly residents in Bromley will lose a vital support network after Melvin Hall, a day centre in Melvin Road, announced it would be closing later this year due to financial difficulties.
The centre, which was first opened as a soup kitchen after the Second World War, provides an important social network for many elderly people in the borough. It offers a range of services to around 120 members, including companionship, hot meals and activities, which many of them rely on to get them out of the house.
Melvin Hall sent members a letter informing them that the centre would have to close some time around August because of a lack of funds. The letter states that the centre’s income has dropped significantly during the past two years and that savings are now being used to fund the services.
They have worked with Bromley Council in recent years to try to find a way to make the centre a viable service, but the council can no longer support them in this way.
Many of those residents who regularly make use of the facilities at Melvin Hall will not have any other way to socialise after it closes. They consider it a lifeline that keeps them in touch with the local community.
There could be further closures of local day centres, with many others facing financial difficulties as fewer people choose to use the services they offer.
What do you think of the closure of Melvin Hall and the general situation with elderly services in Bromley?
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