The day to day running of the centre is under the responsibility of the Day Centre manager, Diane Mayhew. Diane has an NVQ for Registered Managers Level 4 awarded by The Centre of Vocational Excellence, Health & Social Care and Diane has a broad background in various aspects of healthcare. Diane is ably assisted by June Soane, the senior care assistant, together with 4 care assistants.
The meals, using produce from local suppliers, are freshly prepared each day by a cook and an assistant cook in the modern equipped kitchen.
We also have our own, specially adapted electric tail gate wheelchair platform minibus, to bring members to the centre in the mornings and to take them home in the afternoons, ably operated by our two drivers together with their escorts.
Finally we must not forget our cleaner, who ensures all is spick and span before our members arrive.
In addition to the employed staff we have a host of volunteers who in 2010 were nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Without them we simply could not provide the service on which we pride ourselves. For peace of mind all staff and volunteers (where appropriate) are “DBS” checked. Volunteers are always welcome so if you have a few hours to spare we would always welcome your help.
Day Centre Shop
Income from the shop provides an important contribution to our funds and is ably managed by our shop manager Jackie Meade, again helped by those unsung heroes, our volunteers.
The shop is grateful for the widespread donations it receives in the form of clothing, furniture, books and general items and always welcomes additional stock. Larger items of furniture can be collected and this is arranged via the shop and we are also eligible to claim for Gift Aid on larger value items.
We are committed to training our staff and volunteers to the highest standards and the following certificates have been attained as a result of attending a variety of courses:
First Aid, MIDAS Driver Training, Understanding Dementia, Health & Safety in Care Facilities, Safeguarding Adults, Equality & Diversity Awareness, Making Sense of Diabetes, Food Safety in Catering, Moving and Handling people, Introduction to Domestic Abuse, Decontamination in Health & Social Care settings, Dealing with Dementia.
There is also a dedicated medical room suitable for use by GP’s and Medics.