Project information

The Disabled People's Contact

To continue to provide a day centre three times a week for elderly and disabled people, some of whom suffer from dementia The object of the charity is to offer friendship, support and a sense of community to those who would otherwise be isolated by their personal circumstances.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information

The Disabled People's Contact

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  • Need


    Deprivation and isolation in the local community faced by elderly and disabled people and those suffering from dementia. On their giving little and often page Age UK states that "feelings of loneliness can turn to depression" and this is reflected in the feedback that we have received from our members on the value of our project: “I don’t get out at all on any other day; this place is a life line for me.” “I am so glad I have somewhere to go for the day as I would be so lonely and depressed”.


    Through our provision of an affordable and accessible day centre for vulnerable and isolated elderly people from Lewisham and Greenwich. This will include a healthy lunch in a communal setting, activities such as chair-based exercises, bingo and musical entertainment which provide opportunities for social interaction. Outings, providing stimulation and a change of scenery are also available. We also provide learning and training opportunities for unemployed volunteers across the two boroughs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduction in feelings of isolation experienced by our service users.


    » Provide a welcoming environment that facilitates social interaction between our services users and inter-generational contact with our volunteers.

    • Majority of members report feeling less isolated
    • Members continue to attend the centre and request additional days
    • Members comment on their positive feelings at the centre

    Aim 2

    Positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of our service users.


    » Provide nutritious 3-course lunch in a communal setting, including at least 3 portions of fruit or veg.
    » Provide a programme of activities such as dance, chair exercises, massage, bingo, DVD sessions, and quizzes each afternoon
    » Provide 10 outings per year covering a range of activities including shopping trips, museum visits, seaside visits, pub lunches etc.

    • Members Surveys on health and wellbeing (twice-yearly).
    • Records of comments made to staff.
    • Families of members report increase in wellbeing of member

    Aim 3

    Provide respite for families/carers of our service users.


    » Through the provision of the day centre for their loved ones. This gives them much-needed time to themselves.

    Families of Members report that the centre has helped them directly, either in terms of relief from pressure of full-time care or in some other practical way.

  • Impact


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    - We could run out of funds: We have dealt with this by having diverse income streams e.g Charity Shop, club receipts, donations and fundraising.
    - Accident or injury to members (e.g. slips and trips): We have dealt with this by providing risk assessment training to staff and volunteers. We adhere to H&S Regulations.
    - Key personnel might leave: We have dealt with this by stating in their contract that they must give one month's notice so that a replacement can be found.


    Funders of this project will receive a quarterly newsletter detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities. We will also report to them via our annual family day and Christmas celebrations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Salary Care Coordinator
      £1,700 On costs Tax and NI for the Care Coordinator
  • Background


    We are located in Deptford on the borders of Greenwich West and Lewisham Evelyn Wards. The boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich have great pockets of disadvantage and poverty. In 1996 we registered as a charity in our own right in order to continue the work that was started in 1903 by the Methodist Church which sought to address the extreme poverty in the area, especially that faced by elderly and disabled people.


    Our service is targeted towards elderly and disabled people, and is open 3 days a week, with a total capacity of 23 places each day (69 places each week). We have a total of 40 members currently on our books and Members can attend 1, 2 or 3 days a week. Of those 67 places we provide transport in 57 cases. The remaining make their own way to the centre. We offer 10-12 trips per each with 18 places being available on each trip. We also support approx. 40 vulnerable NEET volunteers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In 2013 we celebrated alongside the church 110 years of work with elderly and disabled people illustrating our proven track record. We are nearing capacity on our service days which shows the need for our services and our expertise in providing them. We are more accessible to the local community i.e. we collect members from residential homes and accept self-referrals. We have policies in place to ensure that we work within good practice guidelines.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Erica Ross

    Erica is the Care Coordinator. She plays a pivotal role and has been in the post for three years which adds consistency to the day centre.

    Lisa Helsby

    Lisa is the Volunteer Coordinator (NVQ L3 H&SC). She works closely with our volunteers ensuring that they gain the most out of their time with us.

    Maria Watson

    Maria is the fundraiser and administrator. She tries to find different sources of income to ensure that the project continues.

    Bhupinder Singh Raju

    Raj is our Transport Coordinator. His role is to ensure the members are brought to and from the centre safely.