O’Neill Welcomes Recommendations for Day Centres in Belfast

Date published: 21 June 2016


Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today welcomed the Belfast Trust Board's recommendations, for the future of its mental health and learning disability Day Centres.


Following a public consultations process the recommendations for the future of Learning Disability and Mental Health Day Services were made at a public meeting today.

The Trust recommended that Day Centre provision in the current centres will be maintained, a Project Implementation Group with all key stakeholders will be established to shape the model of Day Opportunities and co-produce a plan for each centre to address the need, frequency and duration of provision for the future.  In addition, a Day Opportunities Investment Fund will be developed to extend the range of day opportunities available across Belfast.

Michelle O’Neill said:  "I had the privilege of meeting Fallswater families and Ravenhill service users last week and engaged with them on the future of day care services.  I was greatly impressed with their passion and dedication to the day centres in Belfast.

"The Belfast Trust’s public meeting today involving the voluntary and community sector set out recommendations which will now go through the Health and Social Care Board before coming to me for formal decision. I have asked for this process to be expedited in order to provide certainty for service users, families and carers.  I plan to make an announcement soon."

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