SMILE (Supportive Multi-Ability Inter-Generational Life Experiences) provides day activities and projects for older people, adults with learning disabilities, autism and individuals who require specialist support.

SMILE Day Opportunities

We facilitate activities with local people and children bringing generations together to grow and learn for the well-being of our communities.

We work together with individuals to engage, empower and enhance their lives, supporting them to live well and reach their full potential. 

How do I apply for SMILE Day Opportunities?

If you think we could support you please contact one of our SMILEs, where our team will talk to you about how we can help and guide you through the referral process (see SMILE addresses and contact numbers below).

Then either you, or someone on your behalf, can contact the Doncaster Adult Social Services and Wellbeing Team to discuss what support you require.  You will then be visited by a social care worker who will complete a social care and support assessment if you do not already have one. 

How much will visiting the centre cost?

You may have to pay to attend. The amount will depend on your financial assessment.

How do I get to the SMILE Day Opportunity?

Individuals who have their own travel support (such as a vehicle or can travel independently), make their own way to the SMILE. Individuals without their own travel support can  discuss this as part of a travel support plan.  For information on accessing SMILE services, we have been reviewed by the AccessAble service so you can plan your journey. 

What types of activities are available?

The types of activities available at each SMILE day opportunity vary, depending on the interests and requests of the individuals who help us plan SMILE activities. Activities include:

  • community based activities
  • creative activities
  • inter-generational activities with local children and playgroups
  • horticultural activities and/or tending to allotments
  • supporting individuals to take part in projects or activities, which provide training and learning opportunities
  • engaging activities for enjoyment or to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills
  • access to learning through the team of SMILE trainers

As part of our annual satisfaction survey, we welcome suggestions for new activities, and advice and support is always available from SMILE's experienced team and volunteers. For updates from friends and supporters of SMILE please see @daydoncaster on X (Twitter).

When can I go to the centre?

Your visiting days will be agreed with you. All SMILEs are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm, excluding bank holidays.

Are meals and drinks available?

Drinks are available throughout the day and at most SMILEs a meal can be purchased or you can bring your own.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please bring any medication needed during your visit as well as any equipment you use to support your mobility. 

SMILE Day Opportunity Locations

SMILE Horticulture Learning Centre in Adwick (formerly ACE) 
07929655968 or

Adwick SMILE 
07812 654817

Askarne SMILE - Askern
01302 707791 or 07919 210843

Bentley SMILE - Moat Hills Centre - Bentley 
07812 654839

Bhatia SMILE - Bhatia Community Centre - Mexborough
07973 642384

Carcroft SMILE - The Redmond Centre - Carcroft
01302 734049 or 07976 523152

Cantley SMILE - Cantley Surestart Building
01302 736927

SMILE Employment Lead - Stirling SMILE
07929 176722

Food To Go - Stirling SMILE
01302 734043

Holmescarr SMILE - Holmescarr Community Enterprise Centre - Rossington
01302 736944 or 07817 567676

Mexborough SMILE - The Willows Community Centre - Mexborough
07855 087168

Rossington SMILE - The Memorial Hall
07973 783258

Stainforth SMILE -The Youth Hub 
01302 734026 or 07816 094873

Stirling SMILE - The Stirling Centre - Doncaster City Centre
01302 734043

Thorne Road SMILE - The Mencap Building - Town Moor Doncaster
07971 395930


Last updated: 18 June 2024 11:34:59

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