Kingfisher Day Centre at Gamlingay Eco HubBack to Activities
Kingfisher Day Centre is a group for adults who have physical disabilities, mental health issues, cognitive impairment or learning disabilities. It meets in Gamlingay Eco Hub and offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone's interests and abilities.
This activity is good for wellbeing because
- it enables people to make new friends reducing social isolation;
- offers a wide range of fun and stimulating activities – there’s always something to do;
- it provides respite for family and carers.
“I love coming here. We always have activities to do, or if we want to sit and read that’s OK too. It’s a very laid back atmosphere where we have also been known to have glitter fights!”
How to contact
Where to go
Gamlingay Eco Hub
What to expect
Kingfisher Day Centre offers a safe, supportive and fun environment for adults living with a range of physical and mental disabilities and challenges.
The majority of people attend because their disability or condition has led them to become socially isolated, affecting their confidence and self-esteem. Rather than focusing on rehabilitation (although some activities do help to manage some conditions, for example, memory loss), it is a principally a social group with the aim of giving people the opportunity to get out and about, form relationships, become more confident and experience new things.
- personal projects
- crochet and needlework
- making garden ornaments
- arts and crafts
- games, quizzes and debates
- walks in parks and outside spaces
- coffee mornings
- parties and celebrations
- day trips to garden centres, bowling, museums, shops, zoos and concerts.
Some people attend just so they can spend time with friends they’ve made in the group and catch up over a cuppa.
Members of the group are encouraged to say what they would enjoy doing or trying and the Kingfisher team will aim to make it happen!
The Kingfisher team can assist with toileting, feeding and administrative tasks. Everyone is Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked and trained in safeguarding.
Kingfisher Day Centre is open three days a week in Gamlingay (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Gamlingay Eco Hub has plenty of free parking and is fully wheelchair accessible with disabled toilets.
Depending on your location, door-to-door transport can be arranged.
You can book to attend as many days as suit you, but the more frequently and regularly you attend, the more friends you will make!
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the Day Centre, then contact Alison Marriott on the email address or telephone number provided who will arrange an initial visit to assess whether Kingfisher Day Centre is the right environment to meet your needs and interests. Alison can also advise on funding your place at the Day Centre. A referral form with medical history, limitations and conditions will be completed with you and the people who support or care for you.
Kingfisher Day Centre also has a base that offers the same service in Bedford – contact Alison for details.
There is a cost for attending the Day Centre and to cover transport – Alison can advise in the initial meeting. Depending on your location and circumstances, attendance might be covered by your local authority.
The initial visit is free as is joining the online community on Facebook.