Ability Centre needs new members

The Scottish Borders only centre for people with physical disabilities needs new members, or faces an uncertain future.

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New members needed to safeguard disability service

Management and service users of the only centre for people with a physical disability in the Borders say they need more members to safeguard it for the future.

Scottish Borders Council had planned to turn the Ability Centre in Galashiels into a social centre.

Those with certain physical disabilities would have received home visits instead.

Service users successfully campaigned for a compromise, which means the service will now open to all users for 2 days a week, and will run as a social centre once a week, with regular home visits.

But they say they need more members in order for it to remain a success.

The new arrangements will be reviewed in 18 months.

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