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Day opportunities and social activities


What are day opportunities?

Day opportunities are activities that can help you to stay active and independent in your community giving you a sense of well-being. We can all enjoy day opportunities and activities. If you are interested in finding out about what's on offer in your area you can visit our 

What is available?

There are various kinds of day opportunities including:

  • going to social activities to maintain your quality of life
  • going to sports or leisure centres to maintain your physical health
  • getting involved in training with a view to gaining employment
  • getting involved in activities such as art and crafts and music to maintain your emotional well being
  • taking part in volunteering activities to get involved in your community
  • If following an assessment of your social care needs it is identified that you require support to access day opportunities through discussion with your social worker your support plan will be agreed and your activities will vary depending on the needs and outcomes


There are also a wide range of leisure activities available for free across the borough. To find out more review the opportunities on the Activities and Groups and the Hillingdon What's On Guide to find something that interests you. If you require further assistance to access day opportunities, please contact Hillingdon Social Care Direct to request a needs assessment.

There are a number of day opportunities provided directly by Hillingdon Council details of these are included on the following pages.

Queens Walk

Who is it for?

Queens Walk resource centre is for people with complex learning & physical disabilities. It has undergone a major refurbishment to enable greater independence amongst vulnerable residents in the borough. We have moved away from the traditional day centre and now offer our residents a modern facility with the latest technology to support their development and help keep them healthy and active.

How to access it?

Admission to Queens Walk is through Hillingdon Social Care Direct. All admissions are identified by an assessment of care needs undertaken by a social worker in the All Age Disability Team for people with a learning and physical disability.

What will it cost?

There is a charge for meals, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
The full charges to attend the centre may vary each year but currently are based on a session basis of 4 sessions per day . Each session costs £19.90. You will have a financial assessment carried out to see how much you need to pay towards the charges. This is carried out by the Financial Assessment Team.

The Dementia Resource Centre

Who is it for?

The Dementia Resource Centre (formerly the Wren Centre) is a service aimed at older people who live in the London Borough of Hillingdon, have a formal diagnosis of dementia and require support as they may be at risk of social isolation.

It is located at Grassy Meadow Court, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2FU.

How to access it?

Admission to The Dementia Resource Centre is through Hillingdon Social Care Direct on 01895 556633. All admissions are identified by an assessment of care needs undertaken by a social worker in the Older People's social work team.

Please contact Sarah Mir, Acting Day Service Manager at Grassy Meadow Court for further information about the service on 01895 277759 or 01895 277763.

What will it cost?

The full charges to attend the centre may vary each year but currently stand at £49.00 per day. You will have a financial assessment carried out to see how much you need to pay towards the charges. This is carried out by the Financial Assessment Team.

There is a charge for meals, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Transport links

There is a bus stop directly outside this service, located on the Uxbridge Road.

  • From Uxbridge to Hayes, bus numbers 90, 195 and H98
  • From Hayes to Uxbridge, bus numbers 427 and 607


The Dementia Resource Centre offers various activities which include:

  • exercise groups
  • memory sessions which include the use of reminiscence pods
  • sensory activities
  • indoor activities such as arts & crafts,
  • information on a range of topics including art, needlecraft, cooking, quizzes, games, talks, social activities, film reviews and music
  • social and leisure opportunities
  • computer skills
  • healthy living advice
  • music and dancing activities
  • sensory garden to aid the development of sensory abilities like smell or touch in a natural setting
  • communal areas to encourage social interaction and communication between residents

The Dementia Resource Centre is a place where you can meet people socially and where you can receive encouragement and support in maintaining personal independence and choice.

What we aim to provide:

Professional and friendly staff providing full support to service user's to ensure productive and meaningful activities and to provide informal carers respite from their caring role.

Staff are fully trained and offer a wealth of experience to assist in promoting equality, diversity and culture awareness for all individual needs.

Everyone is treated as a valued member and is supported to make choices and decisions.

The service will ensure that all service users have a support plan that identifies how their assessed needs will be met and the activities and sessions they will access that will meet their needs.

Carer group meetings will take place every two months enabling relatives to receive information about the service and also express any concerns or ideas on behalf of any service user. We will also hold monthly service users meetings to enable service users to share information.

To ensure we are able to support our service users to the best standard, our staff are trained in the following areas:

  • care standards
  • personalisation and support  planning
  • your rights as a service user
  • health and safety management
  • food hygiene and safety
  • fire safety
  • safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • equalities
  • customer care
  • risk assessment
  • infection control
  • medication
  • first aid
  • moving and handling
  • Dementia training
  • staff are also trained in NVQ / QCF health and social care certificate or equivalent

When are we open?

We are open between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays. View by appointment only.

Equal opportunities

The London Borough of Hillingdon is committed to providing a quality service for all service users. We have an equal opportunities policy to provide services regardless of gender, race, religion, disability/ability or sexual preference.

Contact details for Dementia Resource Centre:

Description: Day Service for older people with a diagnosis of dementia, who may be at risk of social isolation due to this disease.

Email: smir@hillingdon.gov.uk

Grassy Meadow Court
Grange Road


Telephone: 01895 277759 or 01895 277763.

Last reviewed: 05/02/2019

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