Age UK Medway operate two day centres in Gillingham and Strood. The Chris Ellis Centre covers the Rochester, Strood, Cuxton, Cliffe and Hoo Peninsula. The Mackenney Centre covers Gillingham, Rainham and Chatham areas. The centres provide social interaction for people over 50 and living in Medway. Transport is available, using our fleet of adapted accessible minibuses.
For a one off charge you can expect a full day including tea, coffee, refreshments and lunch, as well as a variety of events and activities. Our menu comprises a freshly prepared two course lunch, using ingredients sourced from local independent suppliers. There is a range of activities on offer during the day, including arts and crafts, cooking, reminiscence groups, board games, bingo and quizzes. Both centres boast accessible gardens where you can enjoy some fresh air, or maybe a little light gardening activity.
Within the centres we have a small shop selling sweets, chocolate and toiletries. Other services available include foot care, hairdressing, hearing aid clinics and visiting optician. We are able to offer an in-house bathing service, where you can bathe in safety in our accessible bathroom supported by trained care staff.
Supplementary to activities in the centres we provide a wide range of day and afternoon outings, including trips to the seaside, theatre, boat trips and pub lunches. These day trips are bookable in advance, and offer a door to door service with support available throughout the day from our staff and volunteer team.
Throughout the year we provide various day and evening events with visiting performers providing entertainment. We have a trained staff team who are assisted by our volunteers, who provide invaluable support in a variety of areas in and around the building. We are able to offer taster sessions for those people interested attending the centre, where you can visit for a couple of hours, or even a full day.
The Chris Ellis Centre: 01634 724745
The Mackenney Centre: 01634 380195