What are Day and Social Centres?

Our local day centres are designed to support your care needs and offer a range of activities to take part in.

Day Centres provide a range of activities, a chance to socialise and meet friends and a hot meal. They are usually open all day and staff and volunteers organise different activities to suit and entertain the people who go there. These can include board games, bingo sessions, guest speakers on topics of interest, craft activities, entertainment, exercise classes, day trips and much more. Light snacks are provided in the morning and afternoon and a hot meal at lunchtime.

Day centres are friendly, welcoming places offering a variety of leisure, educational, and health and well-being activities. Different day centres are available for older people, and people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health problems. Day centres are usually for people who need quite a lot of support whilst they are there, with trained staff being on site to offer this support as required.

They provide great opportunities to do something social or just sit and read the paper quietly with a cup of coffee. You may be retired and looking for social and stimulating things to do, or perhaps have mobility or other health problems and would like to get out and about and mix with others, or maybe just have lunch.

What's on at day centres?

Day centres provide a range of different services, but what's available will differ between different centres. Typically they can provide:

  • Hot or cold food and drink - They might host dinners or coffee mornings
  • A range of exciting activities including outings to parks or local events
  • Exercise and fitness sessions, including Tai Chi, dance and aerobics, all of which are tailored to be accessible and doable for people of varied abilities
  • Support with transport to the centre and to local events
  • Educational classes, such as lessons on how to use a computer
  • Help and support with personal care and mobility when required
  • Befriending services where a volunteer will meet with you on a regular basis for a friendly chat


How much it will cost

The charges vary but none aim to make a profit. In addition to the cost of any meals provided, many charge a small amount for coffee and tea as well as holding raffles to help out with the cost of entertainment, parties, or special occasions during the year.

Getting there

We encourage you to arrange your own transport if you can. If you find it difficult to use public transport, you may be able to get local community transport to help you. 


Useful contacts:

GoLocal for Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes, Twickenham or Whitton
Phone: 020 8973 1877
Email: hello@golocal.org.uk

Community Partnership for Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham,Teddington or The Hamptons
Phone: 020 8831 6464
Email: advice@commpartnership.co.uk

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971
Email: adultsocialservices@richmond.gov.uk