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 Sue Dove. Our staff 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, kitchen and small garden space. 

BeSocial@theCentre is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am - 3pm.

*Registered Charity No 1010742

Our team

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

Manager

Sue Dove

Sue joined us in July 2022 and brings a wealth of experience having worked in care organisations including Lilian Faithfull, Age Concern (now Age UK), and Leonard Cheshire. She has worked with people of all ages, some with disabilities, and is passionate about promoting inclusion, choice and independence. Sue has more than 18 years experience in teaching life and social skills to adults and loves nothing more than enabling others to achieve, through encouragement and support.

Sue has completed an eight-week course on Understanding Dementia and not only manages the Centre, but loves getting involved with activities for our members, especially anything music-related.

Administrator

Gwen Jabczynski

Gwen joined the team in 2021 with extensive administration experience and having worked within a major national charity with similar values to the Centre.

Gwen is trained in Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, Person Centred Care, Safeguarding of Vulnerable adults, Equality & Diversity, Emergency First Aid and Dementia Awareness.

Activity & Well-being Co-ordinator

Jo Givens

Jo joined us this year and is passionate about well-being and ensuring people are cared for and feel supported and happy. She is currently undergoing her training with us. Jo also brings 30 years of experience in the health spa and beauty industry so will be drawing on those skills to offer a healing hand to our members.

Activity & Well-being Co-ordinator

Sadie Hall

Sadie joined the team in 2021. Sadie has worked in care roles previously and strives to make a difference to someones day. 

Sadie is trained in Person Centred Care, Medication Awareness, Safeguarding of Vulnerable adults, Challenging Behaviour and Equality & Diversity. 

Activity & Well-being Co-ordinator

Daisy Mahoney

Daisy returned to our team in 2021 having worked in care roles.

Daisy is trained in Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, Mental Capacity Act, Moving & Handling of people, Deprivation of Liberties, Medication Awareness, Person Centred Care, Safeguarding of Vulnerable adults, Challenging Behaviour, Equality & Diversity, Dementia Awareness and Emergency First Aid.

Activity & Well-being Co-ordinator

Emily Small

Emily joined us in 2022 and is passionate about ensuring people feel safe, comfortable and engaged. Emily is a warm and empathetic communicator and has previously worked for various charities focusing on inclusivity and family carer support. Emily has experience in supporting vulnerable adults of all ages, including people with physical, learning and hidden disabilities. Trained as a Dementia Friend, Emily has also completed training in Safeguarding Adults, Emergency First Aid at Work, Mental Capacity Act and how to use the Care Act, Leadership and Management Skills, Mental Health Crisis Care Awareness, Hate Crime Awareness and Understanding Autism. Emily has also been a volunteer for a Multiple Sclerosis charity and two children's charities.

Community Dance Lead

Sarah Hartley

Dementia care qualified. BSc Hons Dance and Drama. Trained in Music & Movement therapy. Trained in Dance for Parkinson's, Risk Assessment, Health & Safety, Moving & Handling of people, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Level 1, Challenging Behaviour Awareness, Loss & Bereavement Awareness, Dementia Awareness, Parkinson's Awareness, Equality & Diversity, Data protection, Handling Information, Safeguarding Adults in Soprt and Physical Activity, Emergency First Aid at Work, Prevent Covid-19. 

Volunteers

We have a team of approximately 30 volunteers who help to serve refreshments and lunch; run activities and interact and support our members.

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 and lonely  in the community could go for 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 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 rely 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 throughout 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; Trustee Ruth McDonagh; Centre Manager Sue Dove. 

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; Melissa Shott; Mrs Rosemary Hancock and Ruth McDonagh.

Centre news

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."