The Jo Benson Day Centre
The Jo Benson Day Centre

Welcome to The Jo Benson Day Centre.

Our Day Centre supports adults aged 18 or over in the local Salisbury and surrounding community who have physical disabilities.

"We are committed to meeting the needs of adults with physical disabilities in a safe and stimulating environment; promoting individuality, creativity and independence"

COVID-19 NEWS

The Day Centre re-opened on Monday 10th May 2021.

We are not running at full capacity due to the need for social distancing.

Eight members attend each day and we maintain the same support bubbles. 

We will be increasing to 10 members per day in the next few weeks.

We will then be able to accept new referrals.

Tribute to Lady Jo Benson

On behalf of the Trustees, staff, volunteers, and Members of The Jo Benson Day Centre for the Physically Disabled both past and present I would like to firstly express our deepest sympathy to her family.

Secondly, I would like to pay tribute for the dedication and foresight that Jo had when, with the help of a small number of others, she set up The Jo Benson Day Centre for the Physically Disabled during her mayoral year in 1969/70.

She recognised the need for continued help for people with physical disabilities after formal treatment and rehabilitation had ended and decided having a Day Centre where people could go to undertake a variety of activities, meet with others, and also give their carers some time for themselves. Jo did not however just set up the Centre she continued to be actively involved in its day to day running and fundraising efforts to ensure the Centre’s future. Testament to this is that the Centre continues to this day and its position in the community is as important now as it was earlier.

Jo also took a great interest in the Members who became friends and part of her extended family.

The Centre receives no local or central government funding and over the years Jo has been actively involved in fundraising and promoting it as widely as possible. Her efforts are shown by its continued success.

Many things have changed over the years since the Centre’s inception in 1970 but throughout Jo has been there and it is with a sad heart that we acknowledge her passing but we also want to remember and give thanks for her devotion, dedication, and support over the years.

It has been a pleasure, honour, and privilege to have met Jo and to be part of the Centre which will be her legacy for the future. We give thanks for her life, friendship, and all the magnificent work she did.

Rest in Peace.

 

Malcolm Hitchings

Vice Chairman, Treasurer & Trustee

 

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