The Water Mill

The last few years have seen unprecedented cuts to public services as successive governments attempt to tackle the effects of the 2008 economic crash. In particular, the cuts have fallen hardest on local authorities, some of whom have seen their funding from central government cut by 25%. Many have switched the focus of social care services solely to those with the very highest care needs.

This means that many moderate level care services have been decommissioned, in particular day centre services. In the past, day centres played a significant role in meeting the basic social needs of those with physical or mental impairments but in recent years some have begun to evolve into other areas such as low level preventative healthcare.

In Walsall last year, we saw five of our day centre services close. Only one of our local authority funded day centres remains open - the Water Mill Dementia Day Centre in Goscote.

Two members of the Housing & Care 21 Research Team visited the centre in August 2014 to see what works well and to see why this centre has survived the cuts. The full Water Mill case study (PDF, 349KB) is available to download.