The Aycliffe Young People’s Centre provides high quality, specialist secure accommodation for up to 42 young people between the ages of 11 and 17, most of whom have complex problems and need intensive support to turn their lives around.
The centre was purpose-built, and opened in 2011. The unit incorporates a central laundry which handles all the bed linen, towels, kitchen clothes etc and which was equipped by Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems with two Primus FS13/3 washer extractors, each with a capacity of 13kg, and two Huebsch 16kg tumble dryers. The residents’ personal laundry is done by themselves under supervision in satellite units equipped with semi commercial machines.
Dorothy Powell, Facilities and Support Services Manager for the centre, told us that the central laundry is operated by two domestic staff and is generally running three to four hours a day. “We have been very pleased with the Armstrong equipment”, Dorothy told us. “It’s easy to use and I don’t think we’ve had to call Armstrong out at all since it opened.”
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