Kirklees Council provides day opportunities for adults who have a learning disability and who may have additional physical disabilities too.
Day opportunities provide a safe, informal, friendly place for you to make friends and enjoy both community activities and activities in the centres. They can also give carers or family a break from their caring roles and take some time for their own interests.
To find out if you are eligible for this service please contact adult social care services.
Many people feel anxious at the thought of using day opportunities but you can be pleasantly surprised when you find out what we can offer as a service. This could benefit the individual and their family.
- Safe, friendly and stimulating environments where people will feel comfortable and at ease
- Areas in the bases where you can have a quieter environment if you prefer
- Areas where you can join in with activities
- Staff are competently trained to carry out gastrostomy feeds and gastrostomy medication
- Profiling beds and both ceiling and standing hoists
- Provide effective pressure care management.
We also have close links with the Community Learning Disabilities Team where we can access advice and involvement where needed from:-
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Learning Disability Nurses
- Social Workers
- Occupational Therapists
- Wheelchair Services
Other opportunities include therapies such as rebound therapy and sensory therapy in the sensory room / sensory garden.
We believe that maintaining a healthy, varied diet is important in your overall wellbeing and physical health. We offer a varied menu and have meals that cover a wide range of dietary and cultural needs.
Refreshments are served throughout the day including a welcome hot drink on arrival, a two course midday meal and a hot drink with a light snack before you go home.
We have spacious and attractive dining rooms which offer the opportunity to dine in comfort in a sociable environment, receiving the level of support appropriate to your individual needs.
We offer a wide range of activities, however, we are always open to new ideas and we try to find things that you find interesting.
Some of the activities that people currently access include:-
- accessible cycling
- (Highfields only - Garden Project)
- horse carriage riding
- hydrotherapy and rebound therapy
We support people to access sports centres where there is swimming, a gymnasium, sit-down aerobics and bowls. We access activities in Community Centres such as cookery and arts and crafts. We visit libraries and museums and have in the past had photography groups and art groups where people's work has been exhibited. We support some people to access voluntary jobs. Whilst you are in the base, we offer different activities, examples being: Wii, computer, arts and crafts, games, cookery, snooker and table cricket.
We encourage you to provide your own transport, however you can access ours. We will organise pick up and drop off times and inform you and your carer about the details.
There is a charge for our day service. Depending on your situation you may be able to receive some help, however your social worker will explain this before you start day opportunities.
There are small charges for transport and meals, and also for some of the activities that you access each week.
Smoking is not allowed, in any part of our building. However, if you are a smoker, you can smoke in the garden areas.
We provide a snack type lunch, and you will be involved in choosing and preparing the food you prefer. We will cater for your dietary or religious needs, and healthy food options are available. You will have access to drinks throughout the day. You may like to go out occasionally for your lunch, and this can be built into your activity planning.
Once in the service we will develop risk assessments and support plans to enable you to access activities of your choice. We have annual reviews which are followed up on a six monthly basis to ensure you are happy with the service and support you are receiving and to plan any changes you would like.
How to get day care
To get day care funded by the Council you must be meet our eligibility for care and support criteria.
If you meet the criteria we will need to take a close look at your situation, so we can work with you to decide if day care is the best option for you. We do this through a care needs assessment.
Kirklees Council runs two day centres: Red Laithes Court in Ravensthorpe and Highfields in Huddersfield. Opening Hours:- Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Red Laithes Court
- address Red Laithes Court, Red Laithes Lane, Ravensthorpe. WF13 3DB
- address Cemetary Road, Egerton, Huddersfield, HD1 5NF
How to contact adult social care services
The Community Health and Social Care Hub is the contact for anyone that would like further information or advice on adult social care and support services available in Kirklees.