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A local answer to rural isolation.
We currently have vacancies at our Shap Home Day Care.

A community solution to loneliness and isolation.


Community Home Day CareCommunity Home Day Care is seen as a model of good practice nationally. The project came into being following research into the needs of older people in the region. An innovative response to the needs of isolated older people, it has proved extremely successful and popular.

The scheme involves a volunteer Day Care Host opening up their home once a week or fortnight to 3 or 4 local older people. Help with finding transport is provided to the host's home. Guests can enjoy a nutritious hot midday meal, and stimulating activities in a friendly, caring atmosphere.

The Benefits of the scheme

This service helps to promote good mental health by preventing loneliness and social isolation. Our guests and their families have told us that their day with the hosts gives them a feeling of being cared about and many have said that they are made to feel part of the family for the day. The scheme also provides an opportunity to be listened to and of being a valued member of a group of friends. For those being cared for at home this gives their carer a much needed break.

As one guest commented, 'our host does a grand job. I would never miss her Day Care day. It's great to leave these four walls sometimes - especially if you live on your own'.

How do I become a guest?

How do I become a guest? 

Please contact Jo Radcliffe 01228 536673 

The cost for attending the day is £6  paid directly to the host.

 Unfortunately we are unable to provide transport, if a relative or friend can’t drive you, we can help arrange transport with a local taxi firm.

Can you help?

We are always pleased to hear from anyone who might be interested in becoming a host. Our hosts all say that they find their role enjoyable and rewarding. If you are interested and would like to know more about what this involves then visit our volunteering page.

Contact us

For further information on this service please contact Jo Radcliffe 01768 863618

Home Day Care Groups


Home Day Care, fortnightly



Home Day Care, monthly


Kirkby Stephen

Home Day Care, fortnightly