The organisation has been providing well-being services for older people with dementia and other disabilities for 11 years. It was born out of a desire to fill a gap in the provision of day time support for older people and to change how people with dementia are cared for and how they are perceived by others.
The service has grown from less than ten service users attending on one day a week to over one hundred service users attending over four days a week. We now employ 12 part time staff and have a register of 5 volunteers.
The client base is mainly people aged over 55yrs who attend the centre in order to maintain their life skills and give their family carers respite from their caring roll.
The company, registered at Companies House and limited by guarantee, was set up after both directors were made redundant from their employment in a local authority day centre. After some time spent working for the adult learning college providing craft courses to older people in the community, we realised there was a gap in the service provision for older people with dementia and other disabilities. We found rooms to hire in the Methodist Church school rooms which had adequate facilities for meal provision etc. We held several open days to publicise the new venture which were supported by social workers and members of the mental health team. After several months we had an expanding client list which eventually led us to opening on other days of the week.
We became a registered charity in July 2015, registration number 1162661, with 8 trustees meeting on a monthly basis.
The Trustees are Chairman-David Holmes, Secretary-Lorna Bowling, Treasurer-Pat Albrow, Christine Holmes, Brian Knuckey, Barbara Massey, Ian Scott, Jeannie Stirling