Plea for 'life-changing' Endike Community Care to have its funding restored to pre-2024 level

Trustees for Endike Community Care and relatives of the people it cares for outside the Guildhall in Lowgate, Hull
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A group of people connected to a "life-changing" day respite care supporting people with dementia in Hull held a protest outside the Guildhall on Thursday.

Holding up a banner outside the building in Lowgate, they demanded the council "reinstate funding" for Endike Community Care while a full council meeting took place inside.

Dean Kirk, a trustee for Endike Community Care, founded in 1992 and known by its supporters just as "Endike", said Hull City Council used to provide funding of £5,000 a month which helped them care for around 30 different people a day at the centre in Ashton Close, Orchard Park, and pay for the cost of staff and energy, but this stopped in September 2023.


A spokesperson for the council told Hull Live the authority "has been working with the Endike Community Care Association for many months in order to support them" and, though the previous funding agreement has come to an end, it is offering advice "on how the organisation can become more sustainable" and is "increasing the number of individuals we are placing with Endike for their day care needs".

Hull Live spoke to relatives at the protest who claimed their loved ones would have no quality of life without the warm-hearted care, stimulating activities, and healthy meals Endike provides.

Jo Ashbridge's mum is a regular at Endike. She said: "My mum has early onset dementia and she's been using the service just over a year. Before she went she was completely isolated, she's got no friends left.

"She is ten years into her Alzheimer's diagnosis and she isolated herself." Describing how Endike changed her mum's life, Jo said: "She talks again - before she hardly ever spoke.

"She loves it so much she goes seven days a week. I'd say my mum's actually happy. She's not just surviving, she's thriving."

Jo added: "It's not even going to save them [the council] money in the long-term. She's going to need care."

Kim Gomersall says her mother-in-law attends Endike and is like a different person thanks to the activities and quality of care she receives there. She said: "I got her a place in Endike and it took a few months because she wouldn't get in the car and go. She loves that place now.

"It's the only place she goes where she will do the activities - and she loves the activities. They do quality meals so we know she is getting fed.

"Without Endike, she would just sit at home and wallow in front of the TV and that is no quality of life." Kim said her mother-in-law especially loves having her hair, nails and make-up done at the centre.

"It's bringing back a part of her," she said. "Her short-term memory has gone, but her long-term memory is there."

Dean said: "If people don't have Endike, it would mean it would mean mean they have to go into care homes. All we are asking the council to do is reinstate the £5,000 a month and backdate it to September."

A spokesperson for the authority said: "Hull City Council have been working with the Endike Community Care Association for many months in order to support them, and offer advice on how the organisation can become more sustainable after the previous funding agreement came to an end. This support includes increasing the number of individuals we are placing with Endike for their day care needs.

“Whilst there was national support funding provided to assist day care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding is no longer available, and Hull City Council must commission Adult Social Care services to serve individual needs and the requirements of our local population. The appropriate providers are selected based on a number of different factors, including the quality of services provided and an assessment of whether they offer value for money.

“The council is not legally allowed to subsidise one provider over and above another in a sector where we commission 16 organisations to provide the care our residents need. The rates the council pay our providers for day care is reviewed annually and a sustainable rate is set with regard to the sector as a whole.

“Reflecting this, the council will continue to work with ECCA, whilst commissioning day care from the most appropriate centre for the individual needs of the person who requires that care. Our number one priority, as always, is ensuring we do our best for people who need care in Hull.”