Day centres

Day care facilities help older or disabled people live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Day care is aimed at:

  • older people who are physically frail and need more planned care and attention
  • carers who need respite
  • older people who are lonely and need emotional or practical support
  • younger disabled people and their carers

Day care offers:

  • a break from home
  • carers a break from their caring role
  • a chance to learn new skills
  • a chance to make new friends and meet other people

How do I apply for day care?

Either you, or someone on your behalf, can contact us via email adultcontactteam@doncaster.gov.uk or telephone 01302 737391. We will then visit you at home to make an assessment of your needs. If your needs would be met by the services offered by a day centre, arrangements are made for you to visit one of our day centres.

How much will visiting the centre cost?

You may have to pay to attend. If you do, it can cost up to £29.35. The amount will depend on your financial assessment.

How do I get to the centre?

If you have your own transport, you are expected to make your own way to the centre. For those people without their own transport, a wheelchair-friendly bus will take you to and from home at a cost of £3 per journey.

What types of activities are available?

The types of activities available at each day centre vary, depending on the interests of the people using them. Activities include:

  • crafts, such as needlework, embroider, knitting, crochet and basket work
  • painting and drawing, collage, and decorative ceramics for beginners and experienced artist
  • games, such as, cards, dominoes, scrabble, quizzes, competitions and bingo
  • pool
  • access to learning through computers
  • computer games and educational programmes
  • woodwork, wood carving, are available at the Stirling Day Centre

We welcome suggestions for new activities, and advice and support is always available from our experienced staff, teachers and volunteers.

When can I go to the centre?

Your visiting days and will be agreed with you. All our centres are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Are meals and drinks available?

Yes for a small charge. Drinks are available throughout the day, and a full meal is available at dinner or teatime. A choice of meal is available and every effort is made to cater for individual taste. If for any reason a special diet is required, this should be discussed with the centre manager or cook.

What staff support is available?

Each centre has trained staff to help with your care, including feeding, personal care, hand washing and taking off and putting on coats. Larger centres have special facilities such as a high/low bath and equipment to get you in and out of it.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please bring any medication needed during your visit, as well as any walking/mobility aids. The centres all have easy access and space for wheelchairs.

Can I bring a friend?

You can make arrangements to show your friends around and private space can be made available in an emergency. Staff will meet and talk to friends, relatives and carers if they are concerned. Friends, relatives and carers are welcome to come to open days and fundraising events. Carers groups also exist and offer a chance for carers to meet others in the same position, share advice and offer support.

Day centre locations

  • Stirling Centre, Milton Walk, Doncaster, DN1 3QG, 01302 363201 - This is the biggest centre offering services to older people and adults with a physical disability.
  • Mexborough Day Centre, Harlington Road, Mexborough S64 0QG, 01709 585224 - This centre caters for older people and adults with a physical disability in Mexborough and the surrounding areas.
  • Askarne Centre, Spa Pool Road, Askern, Doncaster, DN6 0HZ, 01302 707791 - Small local centre for older people.

For further information, please contact us: 

Last updated: 01 February 2017 09:37:15