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Day Centres

Spending quality time with other people

Postal Address Age UK Tameside, 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. OL6 7AW
Telephone Number 0161 308 5000

2 women talkingWhat is a Community Day Centre?

The day centres work on the basis that there are older members of each community who, for various reasons, now find themselves less able to get out unaccompanied but still have the desire to enjoy a day out, share a cooked lunch and join in the activities of the centres which provide the opportunity to spend quality time with others.

Day centres make an important contribution to community awareness by acting as a preventative measure for problems caused by lack of social contact and stimuli. Our day centres allow older people to continue to lead an independent life by allowing members choice, control, independence and dignity through various activities and events provided. Members have many opportunities to contribute to the life of the day centre, through activities that encourage self-esteem and self-fulfilment.

Where are the Day Centres?

There are day centres throughout Tameside.  Please contact Age Concern to find your nearest one.

Is there a charge?

Day centres are self-financing, therefore a membership fee is payable. This charge is worked out according to the centre's running costs (taking into account catering, transport, rent of premises, outings etc.).

How is the scheme accessed?

All day centres function on a neighbourhood basis, therefore a centre will only invite local older people to become members; this encourages a neighbourly feel to the scheme and prevents lengthy journeys.

Requests for day centre places are taken from a variety of sources, including Social Care and Health departments, the Health Authority, GPs, family, friends and individual people themselves. Referrals are accepted at our main offices.

Waiting lists are not necessarily handled on a 'first come first served' basis, but on need and availability of a suitable place.

Once referred to us, action will be taken to contact the prospective member within two weeks. After an informal chat in the person's own home, they are then free to accept or reject the offer of a place.

If you would like to be considered for day centre membership yourself or know of someone who would benefit, please contact us at the address shown above.

Who runs the Day Centres?

Each centre is organised by a team of volunteers who act in the capacity of 'good neighbours'. These people who are also part of the local community, are responsible for the day to day running of each centre. Age Concern Tameside provides continued support and training for all volunteers.

Volunteers with a wide range of skills help to provide a varied and friendly environment.

Making more of life

Our aim is simple... to help you make the most of life.

The things we do, ensure that you have the opportunity to live your life to the full. We do that in ways that may surprise you.

We believe that age should be valued. We believe that there should be just as much choice available to those who are older, as to those who are younger. We believe in your right to stay independent for as long as possible.

Our volunteers give practical support and we have expert information you can rely on. We can insure your house, your travel and give you peace of mind in many other ways. We campaign for your rights to make your voice heard.

Wherever you are, we are. By responding to your needs we enable you to do things your way. Above all, we strive to make daily life better both now and in the future.

Please enquire at the main office for further information on how we can help you and your carer.

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Page last updated: 20 June 2012