Community and day centres

What does it do?

There are a number of centres operating in St.Helens which are run for at

Day Care Centres and activities for Adults
Adult Social Care and Health has a number of day centres for people with disabilities, vulnerable adults and for older people. Transport is provided to and from these services if required for those that have been assessed as in need of it.

These services are only available following an assessment of need by a care manager. This is a discussion with you to find out how best to support you with the problems you are having. We will look at your needs and decide whether you are eligible for services including attending one of our day services.

Kershaw Day Support Centre for Older People

The Kershaw Centre
is located on Portland Street in Earlestown and opened in 1980 as a purpose built day centre for older people. It is a fully accessible single storey building, with a variety of rooms for the daily activity programme; it also has dedicated toileting and changing facilities. Our centre caters for older people, the majority of whom have a dementia-type illness; some service users are also frail due to age related conditions. Around 200 service users attend during each week, 2 to 3 days being the average.

People are referred by a care manager and via Stewart Day Hospital; the psycho-geriatrician recommends the referral via the EMI team. Attendance at Kershaw Centre provides an essential monitoring and reviewing facility and staff work closely together to ensure continuity of care. Once a referral has been made, a Day Centre Officer makes a home/assessment visit to discuss what is on offer and arranges an introductory visit. Every effort is then made to tailor the service to the needs and interests of the individual, including day(s) most convenient to them. Each service user has a designated keyworker who acts as their primary link for support, including liasing with family/carers, arranging case reviews, etc.

Our Centre is open Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm. Lunch is provided fresh each day by our own cook who will cater for any special dietary needs. Arrangements are made with the Departmental Transport Service if a person requires specialist transport.

Our new sensory garden opened earlier this year which boast an allotment for budding gardners and which currently grows vegetables, salad and herbs etc.  A greenhouse allows our gardners to prepare seedlings etc. for next year.  There are also raised beds for flowers and shrubs as well as a water feature, seating area, bird bath and wind chimes creating peace and tranquility as well as activity and interaction.

The garden is used for social activities such as garden parties and tea afternoons.

Separate Facilities

We also now have new separate bathing and/or showering facilities that service users can use through care agencies. Days and times can be arranged with any member of the Kershaw Day Centre staff, but due to the popularity of this service, appointments are necessary.

Day care at our centre provides an invaluable respite facility for family/carers in that it enables them to have some free time whilst continuing their caring role for loved ones.

Activities Available
Most activities are centre based for very practical reasons of mobility, access to toileting and safety/security, although some external activities do take place. A number of these programmes run in partnership with local speakers, health service, etc.

Carers' Support Group

This group meets every 2nd Thursday of the month from 2.00pm-4.00pm and it allows staff to offer support and advice to carers. We also organise speakers and lunches out etc.

Our hairdresser vists twice a week on a Monday and Tuesday between 11.00am-3.00pm. Appointments are not always necessary.

A non-exhaustive list of our activity programme includes:
Centre Based Activities
  • Computers/Quizzes/Crosswords
  • Arts/Crafts/Gentle Exercise
  • Discussion groups/Local History/Peeps into the Past
  • Beauty Sessions/Bowling/Skittles
  • Pool/Darts/Reminiscence Groups
  • Film Group/Tea groups
  • Music/dance Afternoons/Baking Sessions
  • Passport to Health sessions/Snoezelen/Relaxation sessions
  • Sports Afternoon/Local History speakers
External Activities
  • Barge Trips/Blackpool Lights
  • Garden centre visits/Shopping Trips
  • Pub Lunches/Local History visits
Service users are encouraged to join the Service User Forum; this gives them a chance to voice opinions, suggest new activities and give ideas on how to improve the Centre.

Who it is for?

for older people

Where it is available?

Local service (St Helens).

How to access or apply for it:

For further information on eligibility criteria see

Kershaw Day Support Centre for Older People We are proud of our service. If you would like to know more, contact Brenda Barrowman or Jane Semple on (01744) 677 845/677 846.


Info last updated:

Contact Centre, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF