Saxon Day Centre

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with work at the Saxon Day Centre, including volunteering, fundraising and donating.

Please also see our vacancies page.

Volunteer

We always welcome new volunteers and if you have a regular weekday when you are able to assist we will be pleased to discuss with you how you can get involved.

Staff and volunteers work together and you can be assured of a busy and fulfilling day. All clients' personal care needs are dealt with by our qualified care staff, so you don't need prior care experience, just a willingness to help. The most important thing is being able to socialise with our clients, who come to the Saxon Day Centre for a change of scene and who might be in need of nothing more than a good chat. You might discover skills and interests you never knew you had!

We also welcome work experience students and young people working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Click here for more information on the role of a volunteer at the Saxon Day Centre.

If you would like to volunteer or require more information, please contact the Saxon Day Centre directly.

An elderly man seated at a table opposite a care staff member who is manicuring the man's nails.
An elderly lady is seated at a table and laughing with a volunteer standing nearby during a conversation. A vase of pink carnations is visible

Friends of Saxon

Age Concern Orpington & District runs the Saxon Day Centre as an independent non-profit making charitable business and as such it is important that we spread awareness of the Centre and what we provide around Orpington and the surrounding areas.

We run fundraising and marketing events to advertise the centre as well as bring in additional funds. If you are willing to help in any way we would be really pleased to hear from you.

The Friends of Saxon group is open to anyone in the community, including staff members, clients' families and friends, current volunteers and trustees. All options for possible events are open for discussion and any ideas on what can be done to raise money and awareness are always welcomed.

If you are interested in becoming a "friend" or would like further information on what we do, please contact the Saxon Day Centre directly.

Fund raise & Donate

All funds raised and donations received are put towards the well being of our clients.

We are always very grateful for donations to the centre and all donations and any funds raised from events held are put towards the well being of our clients.

If you wish to make a donation, please contact the centre manager to discuss your preferences.

Local supporters

We are grateful to our local community organisations and businesses for donations and support. These include the Organisers of the Chelsfield Fair, Santander Bank, Waitrose Green Street Green, Sainsbury’s Orpington and Darrick Wood School. Additionally, to Petts Wood Methodist Church and the Little India Restaurant in Petts Wood for  allowing us to use their facilities for fundraising events. Many thanks to everyone who has given support.

In 2016 the Saxon Day Centre was selected by Sainsbury's Orpington as their Local Charity of the Year. This has been extended for a further year and together with Darrick Wood School they continue to partner with the Centre to enhance the services we provide for older people in the local community.

You can read about visits made to the Saxon Day Centre by pupils from Darrick Wood School and the impact of these visits from the viewpoint of the pupils themselves on the Darrick Wood School website.

Mick Smith, the flower seller, stands behind his display of brightly coloured flowers on his market stall.

We would also like to extend our thanks to Mick Smith who has the flower stall in Orpington Market. The family run business, Johnson's Flowers and Plants, has been at the Market for over 8 years.

Mick very kindly gives us a generous discount on our plants and flowers each week.  This is such a lovely thing to do and it enables us to have fresh flowers or plants every week which brightens up the Day Centre.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank him very much for his kindness and generosity, it is much appreciated by everyone at the Saxon Centre.

An elderly man seated at a table opposite a care staff member who is manicuring the man's nails.
An elderly lady is seated at a table and laughing with a volunteer standing nearby during a conversation. A vase of pink carnations is visible
Mick Smith, the flower seller, stands behind his display of brightly coloured flowers on his market stall.
An elderly man seated at a table opposite a care staff member who is manicuring the man's nails.
An elderly lady is seated at a table and laughing with a volunteer standing nearby during a conversation. A vase of pink carnations is visible
Mick Smith, the flower seller, stands behind his display of brightly coloured flowers on his market stall.