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STATISTICS ON DAY CARE SERVICES

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There are 650 day care services registered in Scotland, providing activities for almost 22,500 people each week; ac...
There are 650 day care services registered in Scotland, providing activities for almost 22,500 people each week; according to statistics published today.

Day care services allow people to develop skills and participate in a wide range of activities both within a day centre setting and the wider community. These may include independent living skills, arts and crafts, outings, personal relationships, sports and leisure pursuits as well as education and employment opportunities.

The Scottish Executive carried out a census of all registered day care services at the end of March 2003, the results of which are published today in a short Statistics Release. These show that:

- 44 per cent of day care places are in services catering primarily for people with learning disabilities

- A further 41 per cent of places are in services catering for older people

- Day care services also cater for other client groups such as physically disabled people and people with mental health problems

- Almost two-thirds of day care services are run by local authorities and almost three-quarters of places are in local authority run facilities

- There were over 4,700 staff working in day care centres in Scotland at 31 March 2003, 60 per cent of these were care staff

- In addition, 1,000 volunteers and a further 1,170 visiting workers helped out in centres throughout Scotland during the census week

More information on community care in Scotland is available in the publication: 'Scottish Community Care Statistics 2002', available on the Scottish Executive website.

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