Fully supported day care in a fun and friendly environment

Days at The Haven

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High quality day care in a fun and friendly environment

Based at The Haven Community Hub in Westcliff-on-Sea, ‘Days at The Haven’ is our specialist day centre service for older people and those living with dementia. Offering quality respite care for loved ones and carers.

We provide a personalised service based on a varied activity programme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of our members.

The centre is staffed by trained support workers from Age Concern Southend and supported by volunteers, ‘Days at the Haven’ will provide an opportunity to engage and socialise with others in a safe friendly environment – contributing to our members’ self-esteem and self-fulfillment. We access every member to ensure we cater to their likes and dislikes, skills and abilities to offer a full range of activities they will enjoy including singing for the brain, interactive story telling, games, music and dancing, gentle exercise, hand and foot massage relaxation.

How much does it cost?

The centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

A full day is 10am to 4.00pm, costing £65

A half day is 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm, costing £35*

*talk to us and we can be flexible with timings.

All potential clients are offered a free half day trial session so we can access their needs and see what activities they might enjoy.

Do you have availability?

We are always interested in hearing from new clients and will try our best to find a space for you or point you in the direction of other useful services.

At present we have good availability for Monday and would like to welcome more clients so we can open on Tuesday and Thursday aswell.

We are able to care for 10 people per day.

What activities do you do?

A  full schedule of activities will run throughout the day ranging from music and art to gentle exercise and mindfulness.

We do not stick to a rigid schedule and instead focus on offering ‘person centred care’, tailored to our members likes and dislikes.

Previous activities include:

  • gentle exercises
  • music with instruments, singing and dancing
  • board games, puzzles, books and magazines
  • arts & crafts
  • guests/visitors – string quartet, Southend dementia team, singing groups, acting academy shows, artist talks

We have also hosted a number of special days including, bring your grandchild, birthday celebrations and parties, Christmas meals.

What special facilities do you have?

The day centre is hosted in a warm, welcoming and safe environment.  As well as a full activity programme, we have a number of stimulating objects and facilities to enjoy, including:

  • Baby dolls
  • Interactive/robotic cats and dogs
  • TV with range of films
  • Keyboard
  • Games, puzzles, books
  • Radio/music
  • Musical instruments
  • VR headsets for unique virtual experiences

Teas, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the day.

There is a cafe on site if clients would like to purchase their own food.

Private toilet facilities and shower.

How many carers are on site?

The needs and expectations of each visitor will be thoroughly accessed, on site at The Haven, before they formally attend the centre. This way, visitors will be familiar with the environment, and the day centre team will have a detailed understanding of the individual requirements of the attendee.

Volunteers will help with the days activities, whilst fully trained care assistants provide support with individual’s needs through the day.

The carer to client ratio is approximately 3-to-1.

Our staff  and volunteers are also fully DBS checked.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Day Centre, please get in touch. We are always grateful for support.

Can I bring my pet along?

Days at the Haven is pet-friendly, offering a pleasant atmosphere for both residents and their beloved animals. Talk to us if you have any questions about this.

Do you accept funded places?

Yes, we can take direct payments from Southend Borough Council if eligible.

Your place at Days at the Haven can be paid privately, by Social Services, Direct Payments or a combination of the two.

Direct Payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local council.

Your local council must offer you the option of direct payments in place of the services you currently receive. If you are not receiving social services and would like to know more, please contact Southend Social Services: 01702 352641

Where is 'Days at the Haven' located?

Days at the Haven Day Centre is located within The Haven Community Hub.

138-140 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7LN

Please go to the back of the cafe and through the double doors.

There is plenty of public transport including bus services  along London Road and trains close to Westcliff Station (c2c). The centre does not have parking but there is plenty of street parking nearby and a pay & display carpark.

Contact Us

For more information please contact Pamela Harvey or Sarah Wilson at Age Concern Southend on 01702 345373 or email us on days@acsos.co.uk.

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