Buff Bay senior citizens centre being rehabilitated
A recreational centre for the elderly in Buff Bay, Portland, which fell into a state of disrepair, is now undergoing major rehabilitation.
The facility, which was constructed in the early 2000s, is heavily infested by termites, and its ceiling bed and roofing have seen better days.
Paul Hendricks, vice-president of the Buff Bay Senior Citizens Club, said members use the acility for activities such as worship, meetings, and playing board games.
"There was a time when we met every day, but since COVID-19, we are now only meeting on a Tuesday," said Hendricks. Approximately 30 persons attend weekly meetings.
He said, however, that the reduction in the number of meetings in the facility does not make it any less necessary to have it repaired.
"The roofing is in a bad state and doors are falling apart," Hendricks said, while pointing out that local businessman Desmond Lewis had been assisting with efforts to renovate the building.
"With his help, we are now constructing a perimeter wall at the front of the recreational centre, which will allow for us to build a proper metal gate. Mr Lewis is really providing us with much-needed assistance," he said.
Lewis, who is also the People's National Party caretaker for the Buff Bay Division, said he is hoping that others will come on board and help with the rehabilitation of the centre.
He has contributed building blocks, cement, sand, gravel, and paint to assist with the rehabilitation of the centre.
"There is so much work to be done, but we are getting help, and expectations are high," said a thankful Gloria Sinclair, the club's treasurer.