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DementiaWeb - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire

Day Centres and Activities

Day Centres and Activities Introduction

On this page you can find out about day centres and other activities in Oxfordshire that cater for people who have dementia.

Day Centres in Oxfordshire

There are a number of Day Care Centres supporting people with dementia in the Oxfordshire area; a list of Day Care Centres is given at the end of this page.

Other Activities

Bridewell Organic Gardens

Bridewell Organic Gardens, near Witney, provide land-based therapeutic activities: horticulture, viniculture, beekeeping, blacksmithing, and other related crafts.

Support is primarily for adults between 18-65 suffering from mental health problems. A limited number of places are available for people with early dementia.

Referrals are via CPN/Community Mental Health Team.

Contact details:

Bridewell Organic Gardens
The Walled Garden
Wilcote
CHIPPING NORTON
OX7 3EB

Open:
10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Tel.: 01993 868445

Health Walks

If you enjoy the countryside and are looking for an activity that will enhance your general fitness you may be interested in the national "Walking the Way to Health" initiative.

Health walks take place across Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. You do not have to be a seasoned walker, but you should wear appropriate footwear.

The walks are led by volunteers. If a person with dementia wishes to walk it would probably be helpful to the walk leader if they could walk with a friend or relative, as the leaders are there to encourage the whole group along and guide the way.

OXSRAD - Sport for all

More than a gym, OXSRAD is an integrated sports and leisure centre, in Marston, Oxford. All are welcome to become members, including people with dementia. As well as fitness stations, sports hall, and snooker room etc, there is also a bar, a sensory room, and other activities such as art, singing and massage available.

Contact details:

OXSRAD: The Integrated Sports Centre
Court Place Farm
Marsh Lane
Marston
OXFORD
OX3 0NQ

Tel: 01865 741336
Fax: 01865 308383

Email: info@oxsrad.org
Web.: www.oxsrad.org

Personal Life History Booklet

The Personal Life History Booklet (PDF format, 255KB) is a wonderful resource, prepared by an Occupational Therapy Student for Alzheimer's Australia.

"This booklet has been designed to collect the unique social and life history of an individual with dementia. This life history will help individualise the care of the person with dementia and maintain their identity. It will also help people caring for the individual to know them and develop strong relationships with them."

If you have dementia it is well worth using this resource: it will not only provide a stimulating activity as you compile your personal life history, but is also a worthwhile investment for the future.

Everyday Activities

As dementia progresses you will find you start to need more help from other people with everyday activities, such as cooking a meal. However just because you need someone's help does not mean they should completely take over; it is important to continue doing the things you can, or you are likely to start feeling frustrated, and may become de-skilled.

Try to focus on the things you can do, rather than on the things you can no longer do. It is helpful if friends and family can also focus on the positive as much as possible. You may even find you rediscover joy in things you had lost in the busyness of life.

Many people stop reading as dementia progresses, and may also lose interest in the television generally. However certain television programmes may still be enjoyed, such as a favourite soap opera with familiar characters, or a programme associated with a passion such as history or dancing.

Lots of people who have dementia continue to enjoy walking, music, or the company of a pet animal.

The Alzheimer's Society has an advice sheet for carers about Hobbies, pastimes and everyday activities.

Alzheimer Scotland also have a useful resource, called Activities: a guide for carers of people with dementia.

Still Working?

Some people who have dementia are able to continue working for a time after receiving a diagnosis. Carers may also want or need to continue working. Our employment section has more information.

Support Groups

In Oxfordshire there are three groups where people with dementia, and carers, can meet others who are also living with dementia:

The ISIS lunch club meets every 6-8 weeks in a Church Hall in Headington, Oxford. It brings together those living with dementia and their carers from all over Oxfordshire. There is no charge for the lunch and entertainment is provided. An opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of others.

Referral is mainly through contact with the Memory Clinics. If you would like more information please contact David Janes or Brenda Green, Memory Clinic and Carers Support Workers, on 01865 455816 or a member of the local branch of the Alzheimer's Society.

It is hoped that similar lunches will soon be started elsewhere in Oxfordshire, so that they can be made available to more people.

Teas are held at locations in Didcot about every six weeks. The teas provide an opportunity to meet with others over tea and cakes, and also to enjoy entertainment such as hand-bell ringing and tea-dances. The teas take place from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

Contact Stella Inston on 01865 876508 for further information.

There is also an Alzheimer's Society Support Group which meets on the first Monday of the month (but not on Bank Holidays), from 10.30am to noon. This group is held in the outpatient's building at Chipping Norton Hospital. It is a chance to meet with other people who know what it's like for you, and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. At some meetings there may also be a visiting speaker, or a chance to take part in an activity (e.g. pottery painting). There is no charge for these meetings.

The group is for people who have memory problems or dementia, or who care for someone who does. Feel free to just come along, you would be made most welcome.

More details are available from Jean Ware-Morphy on 01295 720019.

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Day Care Centres in Oxfordshire

Abingdon

Centre Name: Abingdon Alzheimer's Club
Address: Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1AG
Telephone: 01235 205407
Email: Alzheimersclub.Abingdon@ntlworld.com
Contact: Carole Chalton
Severity of Dementia: All. Tuesdays are reserved for people with early dementia.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 09:30-15:30
Activities: Singing, conversation, dancing, group games, monthly live concerts, weekly live music, individual activities
Transport: Yes. Transport within Abingdon, £2.00, outside Abingdon, £4.00
Cost: Lunch/refreshments, £2.00
Referral: Professional or self-referral
Waiting List: Yes
Other Information: Run by the Alzheimer's Society.A carers' support group is run on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 1-30 p.m. to 3-00 p.m. Transport may be available.  Carers and cared for equally welcome. 
Telephone: 078339 52514

Banbury

Centre Name: Calder Day Centre
Address: Calder Close, The Ridings, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 7WR
Telephone: 01295 277072
Contact: Anne Bramm
Severity of Dementia: Early to moderate
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10:00-15:30
Activities: Physical activities, quizzes
Transport: Yes
Cost: £4.50 per day including transport, food and refreshments
Referral: Professional
Waiting List: Not usually
Other Information: Run by social services
Centre Name: St Mary's Thursday Club
Address: c/o St Mary's Vicarage, Church Street, Bloxham, OX15 0ET
Telephone: 01295 721814
Contact: Mrs Yvette Hawkins
Severity of Dementia: Very mild
Opening Times: Thursday 10:00-15:00
Activities: Games, arts and crafts, hand massage, music, songs, service from vicar, guest speakers
Transport: Yes (Red Cross and voluntary drivers)
Cost: £4.00 per day including transport and refreshments
Referral: Self-referral or professional
Waiting List: Not at present
Other Information: Covers area of Bloxham, Milcomb and Milton
Centre Name: Lake House
Address: The Green, Lake Walk, Adderbury, Oxon, OX17 3NG
Telephone: 01295 811183
Contact: Maggie Herbert, Acting Head or Anne Peak, Day Care Organiser
Severity of Dementia: Only a small number of people who attend have dementia. The centre is not secure so cannot take clients who tend to walk about or wander.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 09:30-14:30, but flexible
Activities: An activities co-ordinator organizes a varied programme of activities including crosswords, word games, dancing, group games, arts and crafts. Religious observance - communion once a month, all denominations welcome.
Transport: Yes included with day care charge
Cost:  
Referral: Professional, private, social services or GP
Waiting List: No except for Thursdays
Other Information: 15-20 places per day. Hairdresser on Wednesdays

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Bicester

Centre Name: Bicester Resources Centre
Address: Launton Road, Bicester, OX26 6DJ
Telephone: 01869 242808
Contact: Catherine Blaxhall, Manager
Jan Panter Asst Manager
Severity of Dementia: All – Specialist dementia groups High ratio of staff.  Support from Oxon Bucks Mental Health Team.
Opening Times: Mon to Fri - 08:30-16:30
Activities: Sitting down exercises, simple games, art and reminiscence. They are based on a social model. Activities vary depending on the client
Transport: Yes
Cost: £3.75 including transport and lunch. Slightly reduced cost without transport. If they receive a care package, they pay £1.50 for lunch.
Referral: Self-referral or carer
Waiting List: 10 places a day, 5 days a week for people with dementia.
Other Information:

Run by social services
Short term respite care offered – 2 hour period during opening times when required.  Booking essential
Carers' support group Meet twice monthly especially for carers of people with mental health problems.. Telephone number same as for Day Centre

Chalgrove

Centre Name: Chalgrove Day Centre
Address: Chalgrove Village Hall, Chalgrove, Oxford, OX44 7RN
Telephone: 01865 891 485
Contact: Mrs Leiper
Severity of Dementia: All
Opening Times: Fridays, 10:00-14:00
Activities: Various
Transport: No
Cost: Lunch £4.50
Referral: Self-referral
Waiting List: Yes. Numbers are limited to 9/10
Other Information: Run by Age Concern

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Chipping Norton

Centre Name: Highlands Day Centre
Address: 72 Burford Road, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5EE
Telephone: 01608 643320
Contact: Caroline Hickling
Severity of Dementia: Early onset dementia
Opening Times: Opening times: Mon, Weds, Thurs and Fri 10:00-15:00
Activities: Conversation, crosswords, bingo, sewing, crafts, yoga and music
Transport: Yes - only in Chipping Norton and surrounding villages
Cost: £3.50 per day
Referral: Any
Waiting List: Yes
Other Information: Other services available include chiropody, audiology clinics, hairdressing, personal care

Didcot

Centre Name: Didcot Day Centre
Address: Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN
Telephone: 01235 518444
Contact:  
Severity of Dementia: Mild
Opening Times: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Activities: Varied activities depending on clients. Visiting entertainers
Transport: Yes £0.80
Cost: £1.45 per day. Lunch £1.50
Referral:  
Waiting List:  
Other Information: Based at The Meadows Care Home

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Faringdon

Centre Name: Kingsmoor Day Centre
Address: Hinton Waldrist Village Hall, Nr Faringdon, SN7 8RN
Telephone: 01865 820166
Contact: Gwyn Diment, Acting Head
Severity of Dementia: Mild to moderate dementia
Opening Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 -15:00
Activities: Gentle exercise, games, knitting, cooking, flower arranging, discussion time, music and relaxing hand massage
Transport: Yes (within 5 miles of Southmoor)
Cost: £5.00 per day
Referral: Any
Waiting List: Not at present
Other Information: Run by Age Concern

Henley

Centre Name: Bluebells Day Centre
Address: The Christchurch Centre, 46 Reading Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AG
Telephone: 07921 689398
Contact: Mrs Catherine Hoff
Severity of Dementia: Early to moderate. Can take people with more advanced dementia and those who walk about or wander
Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Activities: Structured activities on offer
Transport: Provided
Cost: £5 per day
Referral: Only
Waiting List: Currently only on one day
Other Information:  
Centre Name: Chilterns End
Address: Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1QR
Telephone: 01491 574066
Contact: Mrs Val Rush, Head or Marrion Rose (runs Day Care)
Severity of Dementia: Mild dementia. Cannot take people who have a tendency to walk about or wander
Opening Times: 09:30-17:00, but flexible. Special transport only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Activities: Crossword, word games, reading newspapers, ball games, conversation, dancing, group games, music, religious observance - communion on Thursdays. Social events organised around annual events such as Regatta-Pimms afternoon, Wimbledon-strawberries and cream
Transport: 80p per day local area on request from local authority
Cost: £5.45 for lunch and refreshments if there is no homecare and £1.45 if someone is in receipt of benefits
Referral: Professional
Waiting List: No except for Thursdays
Other Information: Hairdresser on Tuesdays

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Kidlington

Centre Name: Lilacs Day Centre (Daybreak)
Address: 11 Charlbury Close, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2BW
Telephone: 01865 370658
Contact: Susan Bond
Severity of Dementia: All
Opening Times: Mon, Weds, Fri, 09:30-15:00. Thurs (specialist day) 09:30am-15:00
Activities: Wide range of social activities, exercise, visits to other day centres, outings
Transport: Yes. To and from the centre, £4.50
Cost: £4.00, excluding transport
Referral: Professional, self-referral or anyone involved with the client
Waiting List: Yes, usually
Other Information: Specialist service on Thurs for more complex cognitive problems

Oxford

Centre Name: The Limes Club (Daybreak)
Address: St Margaret's Institute, 30 Polstead Road, Oxford, OX2 6TN
Telephone: 01865 510719
Contact: Margi Campbell
Severity of Dementia: All
Opening Times: Monday and Tuesday, 09:00-16:00
Activities: Wide range of social activities, exercise, visits to other day centres, outings
Transport: Yes. To and from the centre, £4.50
Cost: £4.00, excluding transport
Referral: Professional, self-referral or anyone involved with the client
Waiting List: Yes, usually
Other Information:  
Centre Name: Marston Court
Address: Marston Road, Oxford, OX3 0DS
Telephone: 01865 241526
Contact: Ms Theresa Whitford, Manager or Emma Kaur, Day Care
Severity of Dementia: Mild dementia
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10:30-15:00
Activities: Crosswords, word games, reading newspapers, ball games, conversation, musical movement on Thursdays, group games, skittles, fetes, bring and buys
Transport: Local authority transport included in the price of care
Cost: £5.45 for lunch and refreshments if there is no homecare and £1.45 for lunch if people are in receipt of benefits. Coffee/tea on arrival, coffee/tea break in the morning, choice of lunch, coffee/tea and biscuits in the afternoon. Diabetic menu and specialist menus
Referral: Professional, self-referral and family contact with Shotover centre
Waiting List: Yes
Other Information: Hairdresser and chiropodist on Tuesdays
Centre Name: Rosewood Day Centre (Daybreak)
Address: The Clock House, Long Ground, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 7FX
Telephone: 01865 776744
Contact: Angela Genn
Severity of Dementia: All
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 09:00 -16:00
Activities: Wide range of social activities, exercise, visits to other day centres, outings
Transport: Yes. To and from the centre, £4.90
Cost: £4.40, excluding transport
Referral: Professional, self-referral or anyone involved with the client
Waiting List: Yes, usually
Other Information:  
Centre Name: The Willow Day Centre
Address: Manzil Way Resource Centre, Manzil Way, Oxford, OX4 1XE
Telephone: 01865 202902
Contact: Sarah Mikaelides
Severity of Dementia: Usually moderate/severe (able to take part in various activities)
Opening Times: Mon to Thurs 09.00 - 16.30. Tues, special day for African Caribbean older people with specialist mental health needs
Activities: Gentle exercises, bowls, reminiscence, making collages
Transport: Yes (see: cost)
Cost: £3.75 a day including £1.45 attendance, £1.50 meal, 80p transport. All except meal charge may be waived
Referral: Professional
Waiting List: Yes
Other Information: Run by social services

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Thame

Centre Name: Dovecote Day Centre
Address: The Barns Centre, Church Road, Thame, OX9 3AJ
Telephone: 01844 217318
Contact: Patsy Baker, Organiser
Severity of Dementia: Early to moderate dementia
Opening Times: Wednesday and Friday, 09:00-14:00
Activities: Exercise, craft, bowls. Flower arranging, memory games
Transport: Yes (only in Thame)
Cost: £5.00, including transport, lunch and refreshments
Referral: Anyone involved with the client
Waiting List: Yes, usually
Other Information: Run by Age Concern
Centre Name: Meadowcroft
Address: Towersey Road, Thame OX9 3NN
Telephone: 01844 212934
Contact:  
Severity of Dementia: Mild
Opening Times: Monday to Friday (hours can be variable)
Activities: Three sessions of craft each week. Singing. Visiting entertainers
Transport: No
Cost:  
Referral: Self referral and professional
Waiting List: No
Other Information: Day care provided in Care Home run by Order of St. John

Wallingford

Centre Name: Wallingford Day Centre
Address: Westgate House, Milington Road, Wallingford, OX10 8FE
Telephone: 01491 836467
Contact: Sharon Tatum
Severity of Dementia: Mild dementia
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 09:00-15:00
Activities: A variety of games, quizzes and activities
Transport: Yes
Cost: £1.45 for attendance, 80p for transport, £1.50 for lunch, 50p for drinks all day
Referral: Carer or GP
Waiting List: Yes, but mainly for transport
Other Information: Will have a trial day after referral
Centre Name: Westgate House
Address: Millington Road, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8FF
Telephone: 01491 836332
Contact: Colleen Messenger or Sharon Tatum
Severity of Dementia: Day centre not yet operational. Service undergoing key changes, Operating out of Abingdon at the moment but will return to this address after refurbishment complete
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 09:00-15:00. Hope to open weekends as well
Activities: Working party will be set up when contract is signed
Transport: 80p per day is someone is local to the area on request from the local authority
Cost: £1.45 attendance, £1.50 for lunch and 50p for drinks all day
Referral: All professional referrals accepted
Waiting List: Yes
Other Information: Social services will support this venture and can be contacted for more information

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Wantage

Centre Name: The October Club
Address: 1-3 The Cloisters, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AQ
Telephone: 01235 760428
Contact: Vicky Hannington
Severity of Dementia: All
Opening Times: Mon, Weds and Fri 10:00-15:00
Activities: Various activities such as cards, scrabble, painting and puzzles
Transport: Yes
Cost: £4.50 per day (transport £1.00 and refreshments £3.50)
Referral: Professional or relatives
Waiting List: Not at present. 15 places, of which, 7 are available
Other Information:  

Witney

Centre Name: Elms Day Centre
Address: 9 Church Green, Witney, Oxon, OX8 4AZ
Telephone: 01993 771078
Contact: Janet Lock
Severity of Dementia: Early/moderate (progression of dementia will not automatically result in longer term placements no longer being offered)
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 09:00-16:00
Activities: Singing, quiz, bingo, films and croquet
Transport: Yes
Cost: Transport, £1.50 (return journey). Meal, £2.00
Referral: Professional or carer (see: other information)
Waiting List: Yes
Other Information: No specific days for dementia sufferers, mixed groups have been found to work well. If self-referring, a copy of the referral will need to go to the Unit Manager for West Oxfordshire. Run by Age Concern

South East Day Services, Older Adult Mental Health Services

Works alongside the Community Mental Health Team to support the work of day centres and to provide specific groups (Memory Strategies, Depression and  support for carers) For people over the age of 65 with a mental health need in the Thame, Henley and Abingdon areas.

Address: Marcham Road, Abingdon
Telephone: 01235 205404
Contact: Clare du Feu
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00
Referral: Via GP and Community Mental Health Teams

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