Day centres and lunch clubs

Older people day care services

In partnership with voluntary sector organisations, we provide day care services at various day centres in the borough.

Day care services aim to meet the key care needs of older adults living in the borough of Bromley who meet our eligibility criteria for adults and are 

  • physically frail
  • disabled
  • socially isolated
  • show early stages of dementia 
  • have mild mental health problems
  • all our centres can meet the needs of minority ethnic communities, and we also support local day centres run for and by local minority ethnic communities.


Day care services aim to help older people:

  • to keep their independence and remain living at home
  • to have regular social contact and get more involved in community life
  • to suffer less physical or emotional stress to them and/or their carer

There are day centres in Bromley where various voluntary organisations work under contract to us. Age Concern manages four of the larger centres and there is one care home, operated by Shaw Healthcare, that also offers day care services.



There are also specialist day centres for older people, such as those operated by BUPA within Elmstead Residential home for people with dementia and EMI,  Bromley Mind and Alzheimers Society for people with dementia, and ICARE Day Centre for people recovering from strokes.

Day care services for people with dementia include:

  • a specialist service for people just starting to show signs of the condition. We aim to maintain mental abilities and participation in community life for as long as possible. To do this, we arrange an individual programme of leisure activities and day centre care for each person
  • sitting services
  • a specialised home support service for people with severe dementia who are unable to benefit from attending a day centre.

All the centres offer a range of activities which may include:

  • rehabilitation
  • reminiscence therapy (where appropriate)
  • carers support
  • personal care
  • bathing service
  • hairdressing
  • chiropodist
  • meals
  • light entertainment
  • outings


There is no charge for assessing your needs but you will have to pay for your lunch and refreshments during the day. At some centres the daily charge will include the cost of transport.

Next Steps

To discuss an assessment of your need for day care, please contact us.  Your GP or District Nurse can also refer you for this service and you may even be able to apply to some day centres and clubs direct.
Please note that the service user (the person receiving day care) must agree to have the service. 

If you are in hospital and need help now or when you go home contact the social services care manager based at the hospital either direct or via the ward staff.

Day time opportunities for people with a learning disability 

There are a range of activities available for people in Bromley including: 

  • The Shaw Trust is a National charity working with employers and social services to help people with disabilities find employment.
  • Three centres, Astley, Cotmandene and Kentwood – provide a range of activities for people with social care support needs. 
  • Jubilee Day Centre - provides specialist placements for 14 adults (aged 19+).  

If you are interested in any of these services you will need to contact adult social care.

The Bromley Adult Education Centre also has specialist courses for people with disabilities. Courses include: skills for independent living, skills for employment skills to improve your confidence and communication. 

Lunch clubs

Lunch clubs are based in local venues in Bromley. They provide a hot meal and offer companionship and support for a variety of people.