AN expansion at Gorse Covert Day Centre will see an extra 10 places made available thanks to £300,000 worth of funding.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board approved the scheme to expand the Adlington Court centre on Monday.

Clr Pat Wright, executive board member for health and wellbeing and adult services, said: “The Gorse Covert Day Centre is a great facility which provides vital services to about 150 vulnerable people who need specialist equipment and support.

“The new development will further enhance the existing provision and will include specialist rooms for 10 more people.”

Councillors endorsed the scheme at the Town Hall meeting.

Clr Terry O’Neill said: “It’s an important facility and we can help more disabled people.”

While Clr Russ Bowden added: “It will add capacity at that site which will save money with not needing out of borough provision for some people.”

The design of the centre has taken into account the views of staff, service users and carers and will improve services for people with complex needs or those with multiple learning disabilities.

The capital scheme was first mooted in The Big Care Debate which also approved the closure of Dallam Day Centre to make way for more localized smaller services.

Clr Wright added: “This development will not only provide better facilities for some of Warrington’s most vulnerable people. The additional places available should also mean a reduction in the numbers of people who have to be placed in specialist services outside of Warrington.”