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
All staff are employed with an appropriate level of experience and qualifications and are as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FIVE STARS FOR FOOD HYGIENE
We've been given a top, five star rating by the Food Standards Agency for hygiene levels in our Centre kitchen.
The 'very good' rating came after a spot check by a Food Inspector who called at the Centre without warning.
Staff and volunteers run the kitchen using it to serve hot lunches and regular refreshments throughout the day.
The rating is is a snapshot of the food hygiene standards found at the time of the inspection and cover such areas as; handling of food; food storage; food perparation; cleanliness of facilities and how food safety is managed.
Geoff Onions, Centre Management Committee Chairman, said: "We are very proud of this award and I'd like to congratulate our staff and dedicated kitchen volunteers who not only do a superb job, but also maintain superb hygiene standards. This shows everyone's dedication to the Centre and reflects the excellent standards to which we aspire throughout the Centre. Well done and thank you everyone."
NEW DANCE WITH PARKINSON'S CLASSES
Our talented Dance with Parkinson's Lead Sarah Hartley, is now running four Dance with Parkinson's classes.
There are new classes in Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and the North Cotswolds. Please look at our timetable or call the Centre to find out more.