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Day centres

Day centres help those who live at home to maintain independence and get the most out of life.

Some people who are able to live independently and safely at home with some help and support like to get out and socialise with other people who may be in a similar situation. Day centres can provide this and give help and advice towards independent living. There are a variety of voluntary and private centres across Dorset. They are run by qualified and experienced staff who can:

  • help you gain the practical skills needed for independent living, such as cooking and laundry
  • give you advice on a range of subjects including opportunities to try out equipment to help with daily living tasks
  • provide gentle exercise and help with mobility
  • provide social activities such as craft and hobbies, games, outings and entertainment

Some day centres offer training or work projects for people with disabilities. Others help those recovering from illness, such as a stroke.

They usually provide light refreshments such as tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits. Some may offer a cooked lunch.

People can also attend a day centre to give carers a break from their caring responsibilities.

Finding a day centre

Day centres across Dorset are listed in our directory.

Find a day centre

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Day centres charge from around £20 per day. If transport is provided or arranged by the centre, you may be charged extra for this.

Other additional costs may include refreshments and meals. Your chosen day centre will be able to confirm any costs.

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