Trust Celebrates the new Oak Tree Centre


Trust Celebrates the new Oak Tree Centre

This week the Western Trust celebrated the opening of ‘The Oak Tree Centre’ in the Rath Mor Centre in Creggan. This new centre has been renovated and tailored to provide modern state of the art day care services for 24 adults with a learning disability.


At the opening, Chairman of the Western Trust, Mr Gerard Guckian said: “I am delighted to mark the opening of the Oak Tree Centre. Significant effort and collaboration has been invested in establishing this new facility. Many individuals and groups have assisted us in the long journey it has taken to establish the service in its new location, not least, all of the clients who continued to attend the day care services during the period of temporary relocation.”


This service was originally provided in the Greenhaw Centre at Racecourse Road and was temporarily moved to the Evergreen Centre on the Gransha site in March 2009.


Mr Guckian continued: “I am delighted that the new Oak Tree Centre location truly embraces the ethos of integrating learning disability services in the community and am encouraged by the support and welcome staff and clients have received from the local community.”


Learning Disability Day Service Manager Desy Carton added: “The decision to name the new facility ‘The Oak Tree Centre’ was selected by the adults who attend the centre and they also supported the creation of the new signage and design on the outside of the building. This is magnificent contribution and example of clients influencing and developing the services that they use.”


Oak Tree Centre Senior Day Care Worker, Ann O’Neill commented on the clients adapting to the new centre: “All of the clients are really impressed by the new Oak Tree Centre facility and very excited about participating in all of the services we are now delivering from this central community location.”