Our Day Centre was created in 1989 as a charitable organisation to provide daily facilities for older residents of Sandhurst and the surrounding environs. Its purpose was and is to ensure a facility for these valued members of our society to be able to socialise with their peers and to enjoy various and varied activities. We provide optional transport to and from the Day Centre as well as providing tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival in the morning and prior to departure in the afternoon. A two-course hot lunch is provided using locally provided ingredients, freshly prepared each day by our cook.
The fabric of the Day Centre itself requires constant attention and we are always looking to upgrade and improve the facilities to provide a pleasant and practicable ambience. To this end we have a state-of-the-art bathing and showering facility, a modern kitchen, secure electronic access doors, modern dining furniture and have recently replaced the flooring throughout.
Average daily attendance is approximately 40, with members attending the Day Centre for one or more days per week. For many of them this represents the time when they are able to meet and relax with their friends. The Day Centre is managed by a Management Committee, who are Trustees and employs a total of 11 staff, including a manager, care staff, cooks and drivers. The employed staff are supported by a large team of volunteers who, on a rota basis, help out with providing care for the members and running our Charity Shop situated in the Sandhurst Town Centre Shopping Parade.
The annual costs for running the Day Centre for the 31 March 2019 was £244,901.
Our goal has always been to minimise our daily fees but together with the increasing demands of the minimum wage, pensions and every day running costs inevitably the fees have had to increase. We are fortunate to have a shop which provides a reasonable income and we are very grateful to a dedicated core of some 30 volunteers.
In common with many similar charitable organisations we are looking for companies/organisations in the business community, both local and in the wider sphere, who have a philanthropic value business ethic and would help support our Day Centre. This would not necessarily be financially but could be by offering their in-house expertise in a variety of disciplines.
If your company does or would consider talking to us about a number of projects, we have on our wish list we would very interested in commencing a dialogue with you and be very happy to host a visit from you so that you can experience at first hand the wonderful atmosphere that our members enjoy on a daily basis.
On behalf of our Trustees I look forward to hearing from you.