August 2020 – we are working hard to open the centre as soon as we can
Lockdown has been tough but especially so for the frail elderly members of our community, their families and carers. So since temporarily closing the Saxon Day Centre to clients in March, we have endeavoured to keep in touch with everybody by phone and have continued to deal with enquiries about the Centre and to offer support where we can.
As a charity, we are dependent on client fees to pay our staff and bills. This is a challenging time but thankfully we have been able to make use of the Government job retention scheme to furlough some of our staff. We are applying for grants where we can, in the hope that we can mitigate our lack of income during this period. Moreover, the Trustees, together with our new Centre Manager, Nicole, and her team have been working on a plan to re-open the Centre as soon as this is possible – although initially, this is likely to be with (much) reduced client numbers to ensure everyone is kept safe.
It is a huge task to make the Centre and our Day Care services Covid secure. New procedures must be developed and each and every corner of the building thoroughly cleaned. We are also taking the opportunity to redecorate and reorganise, so that when we open the Centre will be brighter and better than before. All this is being achieved because of the hard work and support of our amazing team of staff and volunteers.
Overall this has been a very challenging time but we are determined to continue with our stated vision to offer a thriving and affordable daycare centre and to provide valued services to meet the demand of the elderly in the Orpington & District community.
The Saxon Day Centre is located in central Orpington and is a friendly, mainstream day care centre operated by Age Concern Orpington & District, a not for profit, charitable company.
We cater for elderly clients, including those who are physically frail and/or have dementia and who are in need of a day out from their home environment, or whose carers need a day of respite. We are open from Monday to Friday and currently have the capacity for up to 60 clients a day.
Our vision is to offer a thriving and affordable day care centre and to provide valued services to meet the demand of the elderly in the Orpington & District community.
Our qualified, experienced, care staff are on hand to attend to all personal care needs and provide a range of daily activities to support the physical and mental well being of our clients.
We believe that the Saxon Day Centre offers the best quality elderly day care in the Orpington area.
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Age Concern Orpington is a not for profit, charitable company. We are a stand-alone organisation, dependant on income generated by the Saxon Day Centre. We are also immensely grateful to benefactors and members of the local community for kind donations as this makes all the difference to us.
You can make a donation by contacting our Centre Manager or via our Virgin Money Giving page (see bottom of the page for a link).
More on the history and current governance of the Saxon Day Centre can be found here.