About us

BeSocial@theCentre is a registered charity* that offers a friendly, caring environment to older residents of our community.

We provide stimulating activities and entertainment in a supported, safe and welcoming environment where the welfare and well-being of our members is our primary concern at all times.

Our dedicated and professional team is led by Manager Vicky Weaver, and Team Leader Ian Russell. Our staff, drivers and volunteers, all strive to provide the highest standard of care while promoting independence and freedom of choice for our members.

The Centre in Langley Road, was purpose-built in 1993 and refurbished in 2017. It has modern facilities with a large day room, treatment salon, hairdressing facilities, kitchen, small garden and we have our own mini-bus that provides free transport when places are available.

BeSocial@theCentre is open from 10 am to 3.30 pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and members are welcome on just one or all three of the days.

Registered Charity No 1010742

Our team

All staff are employed with an appropriate level of experience and qualifications and are as follows:

Manager

Vicky Weaver

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care- Adult Pathway.

Trained in First Aid at work, Risk Assessment, Health & Safety, Moving & Handling, Dementia Awareness, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Level 2, Challenging Behaviour Awareness, Equality & Diversity, Food safety & Hygiene essentials, Data protection, Handling Information and Music & Movement therapy.

Team Leader

Ian Russell

Ian  is our Team Leader at the Centre and supports and deputizes for our Manager. He was our former Mini Bus Driver and is well-known to our members and their families. He is trained in emergency First Aid.

Activity and Well-being Co-ordinator

Bev Bramley

Bev has volunteered with us for several years and joined the staff in 2019. She is currently undergoing training and is a familiar face as one of our mini-bus assistants.

Activity and Well-being Co-ordinator

Jackie Faulder

Jackie joined us in 2017 and previously had a care role. She is trained in Mindsong, Risk Assessment, Health and Safety, Moving and Handling, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Challenging Behaviour Awareness, Equality and Diversity, Data Protection and Handling Information, Medication and Emergency First Aid at Work.

Activity and Well-being Co-ordinator

Debra Lyons

Debra joined us in 2017 from a previous care role. She is trained in Mindsong, Risk Assessment, Health and Safety, Moving and Handling, Dementia Awareness, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Challenging Behaviour Awareness, Equality and Diversity, Food Safety and Hygiene Essentials, Data Protection, Handling Information and Emergency First Aid at Work.

Activity and Well-being Co-ordinator

Angela Howes

Angela joined us in 2016 from a previous care role. She is trained in Mindsong, Risk Assessment, Health and Safety, Moving and Handling, Dementia Awareness, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Challenging Behaviour Awareness, Equality and Diversity, Data Protection, Handling Information, Food, Safety and Hygiene Essentials and Emergency First Aid at Work. Angela is also a supply driver.

Mini-bus Driver

Rob Bramley 

Rob is our mini-bus driver and is a familiar face out and about in Winchcombe and Bishops' Cleeve as he collects and returns our members.

He is trained in Emergency First Aid at Work. 

Community Dance Lead

Sarah Hartley

Dementia care qualified. BsHons Dance and Drama. Trained in Mindsong and Music & Movement therapy. Trained in Dance for Parkinson's, Risk Assessment, Health & Safety, Moving & Handling, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Level 1, Challenging Behaviour Awareness, Equality & Diversity, Data protection, Handling Information and Emergency First Aid at Work. 

Volunteers

We have a team of approximately 30 volunteers who help to serve refreshments and lunch; run activities and interact and support our members. We also have volunteer car drivers and mini-bus attendants.

Our history

The Centre was established in 1984 after years of hard work by the late Bob Adlard, a Winchcombe resident and retired Managing Director of the former Evans Adlard Paper Mill at Postlip. It was Bob’s vision to provide a centre where the elderly, lonely and housebound of the town could go for day care and companionship. Despite years of problems a determined Bob achieved his dream and in 1984 the doors opened to the first seven members in the communal room of the Langley Close Sheltered Housing complex. As the Centre’s popularity grew, so did its membership and with the support of the townspeople and many local organisations, a major fundraising campaign was launched and the current Centre was built. In the past 30 years more than 1,000 elderly people have enjoyed the care and companionship that was Bob’s dream – a reality that remains true to this day.

Our management and funding

BeSocial@theCentre is part of the Winchcombe Day Care Foundation, a registered charity. We receive no public sector grants or funding so we heavily on donations from the public, organisation and from legacies.

Each year we have to find running costs of approximately £100,000. Around £63,000 of this cost is met from membership subscriptions, but we do our best to keep these fees as low as possible. 

The staff and our volunteers run many events through the year, as well as attending fairs, festivals and events.

If you would like to run an event for us, or take part in a sponsored activity, why not consider making BeSocial@theCentre your charity. Your donations go directly to help support the older members of our community.

Our Management Committee

The day to day running of BeSocial@theCentre is guided by a strong Management Committee. The Committee consists of: Chairman Geoff Onions; Treasurer Michael Paish; Centre Manager Vicky Weaver; Team Leader Ian Russell and Centre volunteer Marion Allen. 

Our Trustees

The Winchcombe Day Care Foundation Trustees ensure the Centre is run in line with Charity Commission principles and take a strategic view of our services, structure and funding. The Trustees are: Chairman Alan Thomas; Deputy Chairman Geoff Onions; Treasurer Michael Paish; Marion Allen; Melissa Shott; Major Tom and Mrs Rosemary Hancock and Ruth McDonagh.

Centre news

CENTRE GETS TOP MARKS IN SURVEY

Results from our 2019 satisfaction survey show that 100% of our members and their families would recommend us to others.

 More than 40 of our members and their families completed the survey which covered areas such as activities, staff, service, transport and food.

We were rated as 'very good' in all categories by nearly all of our members who say we are friendly and approachable, that we communicate well, meet their needs and that they thoroughly enjoy their time here. Those members who use our free transport also rated the service, staff and volunteers highly.

"Your services beat any other day Centre in the Cheltenham  areas," Mr B.

"My husband loves his days at the Centre and can't wait to get there," Mrs P.


NEW DANCE WITH PARKINSON'S CLASSES

Our talented Dance with Parkinson's Dance Lead Sarah Hartley, is now running four Dance with Parkinson's classes - Please look at our timetable or call the Centre to find out more.