DAY care services for the elderly at Seacombe Community Centre have come to an end after 10 years.

Wirral Council announced in October it was moving the service away from the Ferry View Road centre to save £60,000.

One member of staff employed by social services has been moved to Birkenhead, while another two have moved temporarily to Poulton House in Wallasey.

Staff held a fun day at the community centre on Friday to celebrate the friendships built up over the years.

Seacombe Community Centre’s lunch club is unaffected by the changes and will continue to run.

Treasurer Pauline Smith, who has worked at the centre for 34 years, said: “We are a lunch club and a day care centre who have worked together to provide an atmosphere for the clients where they know they can come here, spend time with people who care, and know that there is always a friendly face. The council has decided there is no need for day-care services here and it costs too much so they have closed our day-care centre down, not only devastating staff and the clients but disrupting these elderly clients at this time of their lives.”

Announcing the reasons for the decision in October, head of Wirral’s social services John Webb said: “It moved there as a temporary arrangement about 10 years ago and provides a service to nine people.

“We believe we can accommodate those people’s needs in other locations.”