Staff and service users at a day care centre in Woking invited members of the local community to join them for a Christmas party on Tuesday 13 December.
Live entertainment, a buffet lunch and a raffle were all on offer at Triangle Day Care Woking, with service users and members of the community enjoying a dance and a chat. Staff were also on hand to answer any questions about the new service, which opened in September.
The day care centre, which is run by Triangle Community Services; a subsidiary of national charity Friends of the Elderly, provides a place where older people can socialise with others and get involved with activities that are tailored to their interests.
John Byway, 73 , has been coming to the centre for two months. He has Parkinsons and dementia. John said, “I really enjoy coming here and chatting with other people. The staff are very competent and know how to offer care; and they always have a smile on their face. Since I’ve been coming here I’ve done lots of dancing, gardening and quizzes!”
Pam Byway is John’s wife and full time carer. She said, “John’s become much more outgoing since coming to the centre and he enjoys telling me what he’s been doing here. I feel like I have part of my husband back.”
She added, “When John is at the centre I can go home, relax, read a book and know that he is safe and being well looked after.”
Mark Wilson, Director of Care at Triangle Community Services, said: ”The Christmas party was lots of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy listening to the live music and having a dance.
“When people think of day care centres, they sometimes think of people sat around watching TV; that is exactly the opposite of what we offer here. People tell us about their interests and what they enjoy – we then organise activities based on the things they love.”