We aim to provide all members of BeSocial@theCentre with a high standard of service in a warm, safe and caring environment that promotes independence and freedom of choice. Members socialise with each other, rekindle old friendships and make new ones. Our primary concern is the well-being of our members. While at the Centre our members benefit from mental stimulation, appropriate physical activity, entertainment and regular refreshments. We aim to meet any dietary requriements and any specific cultural or social needs. As well as supporting our members, their relatives and/or carers receive respite from their roles knowing their loved ones are safe and being well looked after.
We are a registered charitable and non profit-making organisation and undertake a number of fund raising events ourselves throughout the year with all proceeds going back into the Centre. We aim to provide a high standard of care for as many members as our Centre facilities allow, and who meet our minimal mobility criteria.
We recognise our members’ rights to self-determination and the responsibilities and consequences of unacceptable behaviour. This is covered in our policies and procedures contained in our Welcome Pack that is provided to all potential members.
10am: Staff and volunteers welcome members who are served tea or coffee and biscuits.
10.30am: Our morning activities could involve arts and craft, a debate, or music and movement
12 noon: Members enjoy refreshments
12.30pm: A hot two-course lunch is served at our dining tables, followed by tea or coffee in lounge chairs.
1.15pm - 1.45pm: After lunch members relax with some quiet time to chat, read, or even take a little nap.
2pm: Our afternoon activities could include a visit from a guest speaker, an interactive talk, a group game or quiz, or a celebration.
3pm: Afternoon tea with cake, water/soft drinks, biscuits.
3.30pm: Members are escorted home either on our mini-bus, by volunteer drivers, by family or taxi.
Our minibus means we can offer free transport places to nine members who live in the Winchcombe and Bishop's Cleeve areas. We also have some free car transport available to those living in Winchcombe, but this is limited. If the mini-bus places are taken, members can ask to go on a waiting list for free transport.
Driving Miss Daisy and Community Connexions are two taxi-type services that both provide transport to some of our members who organise and pay for this themselves. Both companies have CRB checked drivers.
Members pay £35 per day which includes the hot lunch, refreshments throughout the day and facilities and outings.
A list of our policies and procedures are available to all potential new members and/or their families. This covers areas such as Health and Safety, Equality, Codes of Conduct and Behaviour.
The Centre has been designed to be accessible, safe, pleasant and conducive to promoting independence and autonomy for all users.
A Welcome Pack is given to all members, their families and/or carers, to help ensure you have sufficient information before you make a decision to join the Centre.
We also offer any potential member a free taster day (where members pay only for lunch at £xx). This gives them a chance to experience our facilities and service with no obligation. If individuals are interesed in joining they are invited to attend the Centre on a six-week trial period.
Winchcombe Day Care Foundation, the body that oversees the running of the Centre, recognises that members’ have a right to take their own risks in order to extend their opportunities. We will ensure our members can choose and assess the risks they want to take and are supported to understand the full implications of their choices, in line with the Mental Capacity Act.
Our lunches are provided by Apetito. They are delivered to the Centre and are specifically produced to meet nutritional standards. We also cater for any dietary, cultural, or religious requirements.
A questionnaire is sent to members and their carers annually to help us monitor and measure their experience of the Centre. Verbal reviews are also carried out throughout the year and actions is taken if required/appropriate. We are delighted to say that in our 2019 survey 100 per cent of members and/or their families would recommend the Centre and we were rated 'very good' in all categories which included activities, transport, food, staff and service.
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.