Project information

Activity costs for older people during day care

We are raising money for entertainment activities for our clients. We want to invite in musicians, speakers and other entertainers and buy materials for activities: memory games , flowers for flower arranging, arts and crafts materials, plants for gardening activities.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Homelink Day Care Respite Centre - St Augustine's Community Care Trust

Homelink Day Care Respite Centre - St Augustine's Community Care Trust logo
  • Need


    We help vulnerable people who suffer with both physical and mental health disabilities and from social isolation. Clients’ medical conditions include dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, arthritis, heart conditions, diabetes, sight/hearing loss, strokes, terminal illness, Parkinson’s disease, and MS.

    Most are being cared for at home by a carer and Homelink provides much needed respite for these carers. Caring can be rewarding, can also be extremely exhausting and stressful.


    We have a horror of respite centres where old people just sit slumped in their chairs with a loud TV blaring out all day long. We design activities and entertainment specifically around the people who come to us. Funding for entertainment will go a long way to ensuring we keep people involved and stimulated mentally. If we raise enough money we will be able to run concurrent activities for smaller groups. If our clients go home happy, this will have a positive effect on their carers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To maintain a varied programme of activities, tailored specifically to our day-to-day clients


    » Plan a programme of activities weekly
    » Book volunteers and staff to run the sessions
    » Book external people as appropriate to provide activities and entertainment

    Records of weekly/ monthly programmes

    Aim 2

    Evaluate activities


    » Ask clients to comment on activities and where possible complete evaluation forms
    » Get regular feedback from carers about how the cared for person is responding at home
    » Collect new ideas for activities, especially for new people. Utilise 'Remind me' database which logs clients' interests and can match across clients

    Evaluation forms and notes of comments received. Evidence of review by staff and trustee sub committee.

    Aim 3

    Continually review feedback and refresh programme


    » Review comments, evaluation forms, outside suggestions and decide if any changes would improve feedback

    Evidence of varied programmes

  • Impact


    We will be able to accept more clients with complex needs and/or challenging behaviour. The ability to provide a wider range of entertainment and activities by having a higher budget will allow us to offer more varied activities and implement a more sophisticated planning process.

    We have an amazing data collection resource in 'RemindMe', however we don't have the budget to fully take advantage of it.


    Main risk is not having sufficient staff resource to manage the more varied process.

    This is mitigated by:
    1. We have a comprehensive fundraising programme which includes fundraising for staff core costs
    2. Our mantra is 'Homelink - where caring comes first', therefore if there is a shortfall in our overall funding, this aspect will always be of high priority - especially if we manage to secure a reasonable level of funding.


    We produce regular newsletters and meet many face to face at Homelink. We hope we will secure matched funding from a Champion and if so, we would find out how they would like to be involved with us and invite them to visit us and see our wonderful family atmosphere.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 External contributors Costs of external speakers
      £1,000 Materials Materials for
  • Background


    We are based in Located in the deprived ward of Whitton near Twickenham in the London borough of Richmond. Approx 80% of our clients come from this area and 20% come from Hounslow


    Older people and their carers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a comparatively small charity, however we are a centre of excellence for the care of older people and especially those with dementia. In 2014, with a grant from the Dept of Health and many other funders, we raised £1.385 million to build a brand new centre.

    We are now finding it more difficult to raise sufficient funding to fully utilise the building.

    We are a well run charity with excellent staff, volunteers and trustees. We are a local charity, run by local people for local people

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Sue Hodder

    Chief Operations Officer

    Julie Petson

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Heidi Macdougall

    Donor and fundraiser who will make the first pledge

    Many Names

    All our staff and volunteers