St Luke's Day Centre

St Luke's Eccleshill Day Centre aims to provide a service for elderly people who are at risk of social isolation and who would otherwise not get out and meet others or take part in community activities; and a respite for their carers. To that end we provide transport, a hot cooked meal, and a social programme on one day each week.

The Day Centre meets on Tuesdays in the "narthex" (the glassed-in room underneath the gallery inside the church building). Transport on a hired minibus is provided to and from the Day Centre; members are given a hot drink when they arrive, there are some armchair exercises in the morning, a cooked lunch is provided which we buy in from outside caterers, there is a programme of activities or entertainment, and some time for socialization and chatting with others. We can cater for up to 25 members, and priority is given to those who are infirm and who would otherwise not be able to get out and meet people. We have a team of volunteers who escort the transport, make and serve cups of tea, and serve lunch.

Funding is provided by a grant from Bradford Council, who determine the terms of our service and specify what we must provide. Their funding provides for a part-time coordinator who is our only paid member of staff. The Day Centre is managed by a Committee who are appointed by the PCC and include representatives of the members and the volunteers.

During Summer 2018 all providers of these services have been asked to make new bids for funding beyond April 2019, and we have submitted our bid. The Council have said that they will no longer provide any grant assistance towards transport transport - so we will be looking at alternatives to our current minibus provision, but it seems inevitable that the costs of the Day Centre to the clients will rise. The Council has asked us to focus on what people can do rather than on what they cannot do, so we are hoping to broaden the Social Programme so that it will cover a broader range of topics, including more activities, and appeal to a wider range of people. The present level of funding will continue until March 2019.

If you wish to enquire about a place at the Day Centre for yourself or for a relative, please contact us. At the time of writing we do have spaces, but there is some pressure on the transport.

This page was last updated on 26th August 2018.