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MCH captures five years in capsule at refurbished Rochester centre

A time capsule has been buried in the floor at Medway Community Healthcare’s (MCH) building on Pattens Lane, Rochester, home to ourZone, the popular local facility for people with physical and learning disabilities and long term conditions. Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) owns the building, after purchasing it in February 2016 and manages ourZone successfully, together with a number of local community services.  Martin Riley, ourZone members and MCH staff in garden room

The capsule, which has been buried in the garden room, was bought to celebrate the five year anniversary of MCH as a social enterprise and to mark the official purchase of the building.

The capsule contains an album of photos of the building in its past and current structure, memorabilia from ourZone and Medway Cares, (MCH’s charity), copies of the most recent MCH quality account and social value report, plus copies of MCH staff newsletter, Talk.

The building is undergoing a complete refurbishment to provide an updated setting for ourZone members and will also expand its scope to become a community health hub, housing extra MCH services, when it officially opens later in 2017.

Current ourZone members are still able to use the ourZone service and activities, thanks to the 36 Engineer Regiment, based in Maidstone, who helped decorate temporary buildings behind the original building, and relocated members on a temporary basis in late 2016.

Martin Riley, MCH managing director, said: "This time capsule captures a snapshot of MCH at a significant time. I’m sure future generations of members, service users and staff will be fascinated to find out what life at MCH was like in 2017.”

Lynn Johnston, MCH head of service at ourZone, said: "We’re a big part of the local community and we want to continue to improve our facilities and services for existing and new members. We wanted to mark the significance of our purchase, MCH’s anniversary, and our refurbishment and felt that burying a time capsule would be a way to capture our history.”

Find out more about MCH and ourZone at: https://www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk