A SPECIAL centre for elderly and vulnerable people is to be reopened for Christmas.

Dales Care in Bedale closed over 16 months ago when it started to run out of money. Now organisers are re-opening it two days a week from December 19, but are appealing for volunteers to help them keep it going.

It will now be run as the Dales Centre, particularly aimed at fighting loneliness and isolation, they will be offering coffee and lunch between 10am and 2pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The organisers are appealing for anyone who can help and would be prepared to volunteer to go along to an open day being held at the centre on Saturday December 9 from 10am to 1pm.