Upon hearing that The Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh might be forced to close or relocate, Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, was quick to express his concerns.
Located on Musselburgh High Street, The Hollies Day Centre provides the elderly of the community (age 60+) with a rage of social and practical services. A registered charity, The Hollies relies on their own funds which are raised through a charity shop and café which are found at their location and are open to all.
Commenting on the possible closure or relocation, Mr Beattie said:
“The Hollies is a much-loved facility in the community of Musselburgh. Their city centre location is ideal for the people living there, and moving them to a different location or closing them down would not only be detrimental to their success, but would also severely impact the people in the community.
“People rely on this institution for the multiple services they provide. It is important for the elderly to have access to facilities that allow them to get out of their homes, socialise, and get involved with fun and healthy activities.
“While it’s true that the demand for elderly care homes has increased, such homes should not come at the cost of day centres like The Hollies. Their services are invaluable to those who are not as severely impaired, yet still desire the communal interaction that these services provide.
“I sincerely encourage the East Lothian Council Joint Integration Board to take into consideration the desires and best interests of The Hollies and the people who use its services. It is my hope that The Hollies continues to be an invaluable asset to the community of Musselburgh.”