These resources are for older people’s day centres and organisations who might work with them. They aim to support day centre sustainability by raising awareness and improving knowledge about them, supporting their operation, and encouraging joint working.

This document forms part of the Day Centre Resources Hub which can be found at https://arc-sl.nihr.ac.uk/day-centre-resources-hub.
People who might be interested are those whose roles involve planning, funding, evaluating and referring or signposting to day centres. They might be people working in community organisations or considering partnership working with day centres. Others might work or volunteer in day centres or support other stakeholders, research service provision, or be carers of people who attend day centres.

This Resources Hub contains seven sections: 1) About this Resources Hub, 2) Why Research Matters, 3) Research evidence on day centres for older people, 4) Understanding outcomes and measuring impact, 5) A guide to marketing communications, 6) Workforce: staff and volunteer recruitment, and 7) Case studies and inspiration. Each section is also available as a separate downloadable Adobe Acrobat document.

Each section is a compilation of useful material. We hope people will dip in to find specific resources relevant to their work and appropriate to their needs. A broad range of day centre stakeholders were involved in developing these resources. They address priority support needs identified by day centres and their stakeholders in various roles. They were created because a survey found that day centres felt unsupported and under-prepared for current and future environments. Day centre providers, professional decision-makers and community groups felt there needed to be more supportive and informative resources, and they had an appetite for joint working.
Original languageEnglish
TypeResource Hub
Media of outputWeb pages
PublisherNIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London; NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, The Policy Institute, King's College London
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2024


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