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.
COVID 19 - 26th July 2021 Update - SMILE Day Opportunities are offering a reduced service in buildings.
SMILE Day Opportunity Services are running a reduced service in 12 of our SMILEs and we have a plans to gradually ease restrictions and are welcoming back more individuals and are accepting new referrals. COVID safe work practices remain in place. For those who haven't returned to a SMILE, support for individuals will continue to be given in other ways or by their other support service provider. Please contact the SMILEs for further information or if you would like to receive a copy of our regular newsletters.
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 centre. Individuals without their own travel support can discuss this as part of a travel support plan.
What types of activities are available?
The types of activities available at each SMILE day opportunity vary, depending on the interests of the individuals using them. 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 our 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 our experienced staff and volunteers.
When can I go to the centre?
Your visiting days will be agreed with you. All our centres are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, 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
Askarne SMILE - Askern
Bentley SMILE - Bentley Pavilion (from 01.11.20)
Bhatia Smile - Bhatia Community Centre - Mexborough
Carcroft Smile - The Redmond Centre - Carcroft (moved to new premises July 2020)
Cantley Smile - Cantley Surestart Building
Food To Go - Stirling SMILE
01302 363201 or 734043
Holmescarr SMILE - Holmescarr Community Enterprise Centre - Rossington
MexCampus SMILE -Mexborough
Rossington SMILE - The Memorial Hall
Stainforth SMILE -The Youth Hub
01302 734026 or 07816 094873
Stirling SMILE - Doncaster Town Centre
Thorne Road SMILE - The Mencap Building - Town Moor Doncaster