Day Centre public engagement

We are considering changes to the support we deliver to those using Day Centres in Swindon and are running these engagement meetings for those who use the service, their families and other stakeholders. These meetings plan to explain the proposed changes to the service, the reason behind the changes and what is being proposed for the future.


We currently provide Day Centres for older people and people with physical disabilities and dementia within the four commissioned Extra Care Housing schemes in Swindon. These are Harry Garrett Court, Newburgh House, Maple Court and The Ridings.

The Day Centres are commissioned by Swindon Borough Council to provide care and support to vulnerable adults between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. The Day Centres have limited capacity depending on the size of the space available in each Extra Care Housing scheme.

Those using the Day Centre at Maple Court can purchase a lunch time meal from the onsite cafeteria whereas those using the Day Centres at Harry Garrett Court, The Ridings and Newburgh House can purchase a meal through Community Meals, which is delivered to the centre each day.

First City Nursing Services are commissioned by Swindon Borough Council to deliver the Day Centres. This began in October 2016 when they transferred from SEQOL.

Reasons for the changes to the service

Our net budget for 2018/19 is £140.2m. This is funded by council tax payers, a share of the business rates collected locally and government grants.

The Government has been reducing local authority funding for some years in order to reduce the national deficit. This has meant that our budget has reduced at a time when demand and the cost of delivering services are rising.

During the last decade, the areas where we spend our money has changed dramatically. As demand for children’s and adults’ services, which are mostly statutory, has increased significantly, our budget has reduced, meaning a lot less can be spent on many of the services residents are used to.

This trend is due to increase until 2020, at which point we will no longer receive any money from government grants and will rely largely on business rates and council tax for providing all the services for the borough. As a result, we are transforming the way we provide a number of our services to make them more efficient for residents.

Our proposal

We plan to reshape the Day Centre services from 1 April 2019.

Swindon Borough Council and First City Nursing Services are currently reviewing the needs of those using the services and will have discussions with every individual, their families and relevant social care professionals about the assessed needs of the individuals and how these needs and outcomes can be met. This will take place over the next six weeks. We will ensure that a support plan is developed with people who use our services and their carers to meet needs and ensure access to the relevant services.

How we will engage with you

We are committed to engaging with all stakeholders including those using the Day Centres, their families, carers and other professionals. A number of engagement events have been organised for all those affected. The schedule of events can be viewed in the table below.

A survey is also available for you to complete below, should you wish to provide your views:

Day Centre public engagement survey

This public engagement will be open between Monday, 8 January and Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

How to contact us

Information will be provided during the engagement events but if you have any questions following these events, please contact:

Ian Stenner
Commissioner Older People, Physical Disabilities and Supported Housing
Swindon Borough Council
1st Floor, Wat Tyler House (West)
Beckhampton Street

Tel: 01793 463169

Schedule of engagement events

Date Time Venue
11 January 11.00am to 12.00 noon Maple Court
14 January 10.00am to 11.00am The Ridings
14 January 2.00pm to 3.00pm Harry Garrett Court
14 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm Maple Court
15 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm The Ridings
16 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm Harry Garrett Court
17 January 2.00pm to 3.00pm Newbugh House
17 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm Newbugh House
21 January 10.00am to 11.00am Newbugh House
21 January 1.00pm to 2.00pm Maple Court
21 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm The Ridings
22 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm Newbugh House
24 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm Harry Garrett Court
29 January 10.00am to 11.00am The Ridings
30 January 11.00am to 12.00noon Harry Garrett Court
30 January 6.00pm to 6.30pm Maple Court


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