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What is available?

There are a number of specialist day care services run by the Council or by local community or voluntary organisations. They are run by staff and volunteers who organise a full programme of activities to suit the people who attend. A range of practical activities are provided such as arts and crafts, cookery, music, using computers, photography etc. There are also a range of activities provided in the centres and out in the community promoting health and wellbeing through community groups, use of local allotments, leisure facilities and community venues. Sessions have included multi-sports, healthy eating workshops, local theatre visits, community 'clean-up' projects  through to just going into town for a shop.

There is a strong emphasis on supporting people to develop person centred plans and to develop their communication skills.

Care and support is available to help ensure that people are able to participate as fully as possible in their activities. Lunch and refreshments are available and any specialist dietary needs can be catered for.

Day care

Who can get day care?

Specialist day services are open to people over 18 with social care needs who have been assessed as eligible for support.

We can offer you help and advice on what services we can provide to help you get the best out of your day opportunities, but to meet your needs you must first have an assessment carried out by Adult Social Care.

What is an assessment?


After the assessment we will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the help and support available to meet them, according to the seriousness of your situation.


What day services are there in Blackburn with Darwen?


Hopwood Court 

The day care centre at Hopwood Court (William Hopwood Street, Blackburn) is run by Age UK.  The centre provides day care Monday to Friday for mentally and/or physically frail older people, as well as people with dementia, to enable them to continue to live in their own homes or with a carer.  Transport to and from the centre is provided by specially adapted, wheelchair accessible minibuses with trained escorts.

The centre offers a wide range of person-centred therapeutic and stimulating activities including games, art and crafts, baking and cooking, armchair exercise, music sessions, reminiscence programmes and entertainment in addition to personal care services such as bathing and footcare. A freshly cooked meal is provided at lunchtime with all dietary needs catered for.

You are welcome to visit the centre at any time to look around and chat with staff, an appointment is not necessary.  You can contact Hopwood Court on 01254 692278.


Stansfeld Day Centre

Stansfeld Day Centre provides day care services for adults with a learning disability who have a wide range of individual support needs.  In order to be eligible for a service at Stansfeld we do need to carry out an assessment.  For more information on assessments please click here


Derwent Hall

Derwent Hall provides day care services for older people as well as a luncheon club. They have a pop in lounge/cafe, various social activities and hearing aid battery exchanges.  You can find out more on their website


Bootstrap Community Day Services

Bootstrap Community Day Services is a service with a difference.  The service is accessible to all and specialises in supporting individuals with:

- Diagnosed disability
- Individuals in receipt of a personal budget 
- Learning difficulties or disabilities
- Mental ill health
- Long term unemployed

Based at Tinkerbrook, Oswaldtwistle, and with access to the broader Bootstrap Enterprises programme offer, the day service offers individuals the opportunity to get involved in and develop their skills in the following projects:

- General gardening
- Gardening by seasons
- Propagation
- Cultivation
- Planting
- Seeding
- Learning to use garden machinery
- Fence building
- Painting
- Health and safety in horticulture and landscaping
- Structured learning sessions
- Open sessions
- Making friendships
- Supporting others

Key features of the service

- Free taster days for individuals wanting to try before they attend 
- Equal opportunities and access to all individuals
- All individuals are included in the decision making process regarding any future developments of the service
- All activities and sites have had a full health and safety risk assessment which is reviewed on a regular basis
- All sites have a full induction
- Full set of policies and procedures available for individuals to access

For more information contact Bootstrap Community Day Services.

Bootstrap Enterprises
Address: 35 Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ
Phone: (01254) 680367
Fax: (01254) 680672


My Step Up Care Farm 

My Step Up Care Farm is a farm based day centre for adults with special needs and other challenges. The care centre provides practical outside activities where clients can look after animals in a farm setting.

Set up in 2011 by parents of two autistic young men, they saw the benefits of doing real and meaningful work outside with animals. The benefits of animal therapy had a positive effect on their children so they were inspired to build a care farm that could cater for more people.

My Step Up is for people with learning difficulties, special needs and mental health challenges who want to socialise with others, work outside and take part in activities.  Clients at My Step Up have gained work experience for their CV, improved their social skills and improved their well-being. They have seen a big difference in people's health, wellbeing and outlook on life when they have a practical meaningful occupation - something to get you up in the morning!  Going to My Step Up offers many opportunities. Clients enjoy spending time with animals, taking part in group activities, completing DIY tasks and having a fun and interactive experience.

For more information please visit or email or simply arrange a visit by calling Tony on 07504 759164.



How much do day services cost?

There will be some cost but the actual amount you pay will depend on how often you use day care. 

Can I get help with the cost?

It is possible. We will help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify for financial help. To get a rough idea of costs you can carry out a quick, confidential financial self assessment, online.

How much will I pay for services? 


Do you want more choice and control? 

We may provide or arrange services for you but there are other ways of getting the support you need. You can choose to have a Personal Budget and use the money that you receive from us to arrange your own support.

Self Directed Support and Personal Budgets 


How can I get there?

We will encourage you to arrange your own transport. If you find it difficult to use public transport there are other ways of getting to a day care service. If you find making your own transport arrangements difficult, transport can be provided at a small cost. Your Social Worker can give you more information about this. 

How to get in touch

The Adult Social Care Team is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. 

When you contact us we'll discuss your situation over the phone, check that we've got all our facts straight and then follow this up with a visit to your home to talk about your personal and practical needs and to discuss what help is available.

Useful contacts

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen
Address: 4 King Street, Blackburn
Phone: 01254 266620
Fax: 01254 266621

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