THE operation of a Rhyl day-care centre has been transferred to a care provider.

Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet met on April 24 to transfer the running of Hafan Deg Day Centre, which provides activities and groups for the elderly, to the preferred bidder for the contract, KL Care.

The council undertook a tender process to find a contractor who could demonstrate how services from Hafan Deg could increase the number of people being able to remain in their homes for longer, increase the number of older people having social interaction as well as the types of services available.

Cllr Bobby Feeley, Denbighshire’s lead member for well-being and independence, said: “Securing the future of Hafan Deg and increasing the opportunities and benefits for older people using the centre is a priority for the council.

“Transferring the site to the preferred bidder will allow the continuation of day care services within the building and, in addition, enable third sector agencies to provide early intervention activities for older people that reduce social isolation, support independence and promote resilience.

“Under our corporate plan, the council has made it a priority to support individuals to develop resilience, enabling them to remain at home, connected to their communities and supported in an attractive environment and securing and enhancing services at Hafan Deg helps residents achieve that."

KL Care Limited is a Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales approved domiciliary provider in the Denbighshire and Conwy areas.

A public consultation on the future of the site was previously undertaken by the council, with responses feeding into plans.

As part of the contract specification, the provider is expected to develop a robust Quality Assurance Framework and the Council will seek feedback from families, stakeholders and staff.

The contract is due to start from September.