The Mayor of Valladolid, Oscar Puente, and the Councilor for Social Services, Rafaela Romero, inaugurated yesterday, with the assistance of the Municipal Corporation and the territorial manager of Social Services of the Junta de Castilla y León, María Ángeles Cantalapiedra, the installations of the Fray Luis de Leon Senior Center, which will provisionally host the users of the Center of San Juan until the completion of the work that will completely renew that space. The center is located in one of the oldest buildings in Valladolid, the Renaissance palace of the Villa-Gómez family, dating from the early seventeenth century and adjacent to another palace, that of the Escudero-Herrera family. Both palaces were acquired by the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus in the early twentieth century and were intended for educational purposes. Recently, this complex has been acquired by a developer, although the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus has stipulated that it be ceded to the City Council for free use for six months for the use of the older people in the downtown area while the works of the CPM [Centro para Personal Mayores]]of San Juan are being carried out.
The installation of the senior center in this historic palace, said the councilor during the opening ceremony, “further contributes to the protection, enhancement and transmission to future generations of the city’s heritage, since to ensure that these buildings are in use and this in accordance with its conditions of protection is part of the necessary cooperation of municipalities in the custody and protection of the heritage included in its municipalities.”
The mayor thanked the Congregation on behalf of the City Council and all the citizens of Valladolid, recalling that last December the reform of the San Juan Senior Center was presented, a reform “that was really necessary, because they were very old facilities, that come from the old Home of the retired dependent on INSERSO, and in which only minor interventions had been made.”
It is intended that, during the period of execution of the works, planned for 6 months and with a budget of 900,000 euros, older people in this area of the city, where the aging rate is close to 30% of the population, 5% more than the total aging rate of Valladolid, are not neglected and have a space of coexistence, participation, fun and learning.
Throughout the 2016/2017 academic year, a total of 46 workshops have been carried out in the San Juan Senior Center, which are attended by 787 users. Of these, 14 workshops have been moved to the Centro Civico Bailarín Escudero, to avoid interruptions, where 259 people have continued to participate.
From the 13th
The opening of this new Senior Center of Fray Luis de Leon will provide coverage, from Monday, February 13, to the rest of the workshops developed, on the one hand, and expand its coverage to assume seniors in this new context.
Spaces for computer workshops, games room and living room, reading room and billiards room have also been allocated in this center.
The mayor said that “it is the wish of the city council that, afterwards, we may reach an agreement so that it becomes a permanent space, providing this area, which, according to the last census, has 12,137 persons over 60 years of age, another center together with the other 11 that already exist today.”
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