Saxon Day Centre

The Saxon Team

The Saxon Day Centre is run by a team of full time professional staff and care staff, assisted by volunteers and supported by the Board of Trustees of Age Concern Orpington & District. The team is committed to enabling older people in our community to lead healthy and fulfilled lives as active, involved and equal citizens. We aim to promote and encourage their wellbeing and help to make their lives more secure, dignified and enjoyable.

We follow guidelines set out by Age UK England and hold the Quality Counts charter mark for good governance and care. We adhere to Data Protection and Environmental Health Standards.

Staff

Our friendly staff operate under the management of Centre Manager Sharon Strouvalis. Sharon began her career in care work in 2001 as a domiciliary care worker and has held various roles of increasing responsibility, including that of Dementia Support Centre Manager for Bromley & Lewisham MIND.

Sharon has recently joined the Saxon Day Centre and heads a team of three administrative staff, five qualified care staff, one activity organiser and three catering staff who together make the centre a friendly and welcoming environment.

Our team of qualified care staff fulfil essential personal care needs, such as assisted bathing, dispensing of medication, nail clipping for diabetics, dietary supervisions as well as keeping an eye on the general health and well being of our clients.

Our team of kitchen staff cook a varied range of dishes for each lunch time. More details of the catering at the Centre can be found here.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer.

Image of Sharon Strouvalis as manager of the Saxon Day Centre.
Six professional care staff lined up for a photograph in the saxon Day Centre. All are in uniform and smiling.

Volunteers

 

Our volunteers are invaluable members of the Saxon family. Volunteers come from various backgrounds, bring a multitude of skills and abilities and their time spent at the Saxon Day Centre can be very enjoyable and fulfilling. Volunteers contribute in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Transporting clients to and from the centre in the Saxon mini-bus
  • Preparing and serving refreshments
  • Helping to serve lunch
  • Organising raffles
  • Assisting with in-house activities
  • Conversing with and providing general companionship for the clients

 

New volunteers are always welcome, so if you are interested to find out more please take a look at our Get Involved page.

Five ladies wearing pink aprons as volunteers at the Saxon Day Centre. All are looking at the camera and smiling.
Five volunteers and staff behind a lunch serving counter at Christmas. All are wearing festive hats.

Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Age Concern Orpington & District is led by Dennis Moore. Dennis has been part of the Saxon Centre since 1992 and has been Chairman since 2006. Dennis is very involved with the centre and is usually there at least two days a week.

Diana Campbell is Vice Chairman and has been a trustee for over twenty years. In 2012 she was awarded with the BEM for her voluntary services in the Orpington area.

Jean Haysom is Secretary to the Board of Trustees and has been involved with the centre for nearly 30 years. Jean joined the Board of Trustees in June 1998 and became the Secretary in 2006, taking over from Dennis when he became Chairman. Jean was recognised for work with the Saxon Day Centre with an award from the Mayor of Bromley at the Community Links Bromley's Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony in July 2015.

Ann Downes is the Treasurer of Age Concern Orpington & District and has been a trustee since 2011.

Brenda Newman, Sally Williams, Grace Clarke and Catherine Bentley make up the other members of the Board of Trustees.

We are keen to welcome new Trustees, especially those with skills that will compliment the management and operation of the Saxon Day Centre. If you would like further information on the role then please contact Dennis Moore via the Saxon Day Centre.

Image of Dennis Moore as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Image of Sharon Strouvalis as manager of the Saxon Day Centre.
Six professional care staff lined up for a photograph in the saxon Day Centre. All are in uniform and smiling.
Five ladies wearing pink aprons as volunteers at the Saxon Day Centre. All are looking at the camera and smiling.
Five volunteers and staff behind a lunch serving counter at Christmas. All are wearing festive hats.
Image of Dennis Moore as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Image of Sharon Strouvalis as manager of the Saxon Day Centre.
Six professional care staff lined up for a photograph in the saxon Day Centre. All are in uniform and smiling.
Five volunteers and staff behind a lunch serving counter at Christmas. All are wearing festive hats.
Five ladies wearing pink aprons as volunteers at the Saxon Day Centre. All are looking at the camera and smiling.
Image of Dennis Moore as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.