Sandhurst Day Centre is a registered charity, which was originally established in 1974 in a small building on the Memorial Grounds built with support from Sandhurst and Yateley Round Table. In 1988 the building was replaced by the present, larger, purpose built building which was funded with support from our Local Authorities and a major fund raising campaign within the local community.
Our objective is to enable the older people in our community to have access to a facility which provides for their social needs and wellbeing. This is achieved by providing a minibus service to collect and return members to and from the Centre and provides social activities, hot meals and care facilities.
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 last year were £215,840, and these costs were covered as follows:
Grants from Bracknell Forest Council & Sandhurst Town Council 32%
Members subscriptions and payments 53%
Donations and Day Centre Fundraising 15%
Many local clubs and associations make donations to support our activities and these are important for the continuing provision of the service. Our Charity Shop relies on donations of furniture, clothing, pictures, ornaments, books, DVD’s and bric-a-brac, though these obviously need to be of saleable quality if the shop is to be a success.
We are very grateful for all the support we receive from our Community and would welcome any new donors willing to support this worthwhile service.
Bob Piggin – Chairman of Trustees.