John Grooms has put forward a proposal to provide a regional respite care centre for disabled people and a specialist rehabilitation service that will meet the needs of a wider range of individuals at Danygraig.
Jane Hutt said: 'The assembly grant of£141,000 which I am announcing today will allow Bridgend CBC to continue to provide respite services at Danygraig during the transitional period to April 2002, while John Grooms explores the development of new services at the centre that will service the wider community.
'This will supplement a similar amount of money contributed by Bridgend CBC. I am very pleased that we have been able to respond to the concerns from many quarters about Danygraig's future. The new arrangements offer the best prospect for securing a future for the important services provided at Danygraig.
'This is a good example of joint working between the national assembly and Bridgend CBC.'
Council leader Jeff Jones said: 'The council's additional contribution of£113,000 to Danygraig reflects our strong commitment to respite care services in Bridgend. We have always been proud of the excellent quality of the service at Danygraig but have wanted to expand respite care to a much wider group of people. The new partnership with John Grooms will allow this to happen.
'We are also pleased that our Health partners have remained with us in arriving at these solutions.'
Danygraig respite care centre has been owned and run by Bridgend CBC since local government re-organisation (1996). Danygraig provides specialised care services to younger disabled people and people who have multiple sclerosis serving a wide area in South Wales and beyond.
Earlier this year (January 2001) following a best value review, Bridgend CBC announced closure of Danygraig from October 2001 and planned to develop a wider range of respite care services within the Bridgend and surrounding area.
Since the decision to close Danygraig, BCBC have continued to work with other organisations specialising in respite care for young disabled people to encourage and promote potential development of services at the centre. This has culminated in the arrangement with John Grooms in taking over the temporary management and eventual running of Danygraig.
The national assembly grant of£141,000 will be made to Bridgend CBC to provide a measure of financial relief to allow Danygraig to continue to provide services during the transition.
John Grooms is a voluntary organisation providing specialised services to disabled people across the UK.