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Day opportunities and day care

What are day opportunities? 

Many people are now seeking more personal ways to meet their needs. Activities provided out in the community are often used. These are known as day opportunities. You can use your individual interests and preferences to design your day opportunities.

What day opportunities are there?

You could choose to:

  • Join social groups and lunch clubs
  • Pursue leisure, arts and crafts activities
  • Train to learn new skills
  • Explore volunteering or employment opportunities
  • Visit cafes and restaurants
  • Go shopping

These activities will enable you to retain or build good links with your local community

Are there any in my local area?

If you are looking for activities to do in the daytime, evenings and at weekends take a look at our local directory, known as Staffordshire Connects.

You can also find a list of organisations who offer day opportunities and activities. 

If you are under 25, and have learning disabilities, SEND Local Offer can provide you with all the information and advice you need to know.


What is day care?

Day care is available in a resource centre, community building or a residential home. Day care is run by professional caring staff  who provide a range of different activities to take part in.

If activities aren't your thing, you could spend time socialising with other people who go there or just enjoy relaxing in a different environment. Hot meal and drinks are usually provided during the day.

Some day care centres may offer more specialised support. They can support people who are living with dementia or have other high-dependency needs.

Day care staff can also support with things like going to the toilet and reminding those who attend to take their medication.

In all cases, day care should be stimulating and meet both your physical and mental needs.

Are there any in my local area?

You can find day centres by either:


How can I pay for day opportunities and day care?

If you are eligible to receive financial support from us, your social care contact will help you with: 

  • Applying for day opportunities / day care
  • Working out how much you may need to pay  
  • Using your personal budget to pay for this

Personal budgets and direct payments can help give you more choice and more say about how you can meet your needs through day opportunities.

If you aren't eligible for financial support, you can still access and pay for day opportunities or day care.

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