Broomhill Day Centre
HOW WE BEGAN
In 1982 a dozen Penicuik people accepted the challenge to provide facilities for the housebound elderly in the local community. Drawing on voluntary support, the Broomhill Day Centre opened in January 1983. Using a borrowed mini-bus, 16 elderly people were collected from home to meet friends in the church hall once a week. They enjoyed a home cooked lunch and a varied social programme and within 2 years we had 36 members attending with more on a waiting list!
HOW WE EXPANDED
We moved to our current premises in Bellman's Road in July 1987 and opened 4 days a week. Thanks to 'Help the Aged' and the generosity of the local community, a new minibus was obtained. In 1993 the premises were extended enabling us to offer more places.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
We are open Monday to Friday and offer 150 places a week to 100 members and we continue to have a waiting list for places! We now have 2 mini-buses collecting members from home to the day centre and return. 14 paid staff and 60 volunteers work together each week to ensure that our members share a safe and comfortable environment to relax and be with friends. We are a registered charity.
A TYPICAL DAY AT BROOMHILL
Members are collected from home by mini-bus and brought to the day centre. Tea/coffee and toast or home baking is served on arrival. Members then enjoy dominoes, cards, board games or crafts or simply a chat with friends. We also have a weekly morning gentle exercise programme in place for those who want to participate. A two-course lunch is prepared and cooked on the premises daily — those with dietary requirements are catered for with an alternative menu (or two!) always on offer to suit individual needs. We have a varied activities programme in place with an activity or entertainment organised each day following lunch. We have slide shows, sing-a-longs, quizzes, reminiscence, flower arranging, arts and crafts; we also invite talks from the community police, fire service and local councillors. Members are taken home by mini-bus at around 3pm each day.
HOW ARE MEMBERS PLACED AT BROOMHILL?
Members are initially referred by their GP or health care worker or by a social work employee. Members must live in and around the Penicuik community — our area extends to Silverbum and Auchendinny — and must be registered with one of the local GP practices. There is a standard referral form to be completed for each member and they are added to our waiting list for eventual placement. Prior to the offer of a place, a member of staff will carry out a home visit to assess the member's needs. About 25% of our members suffer from dementia.
We are managed by a Committee consisting of 9 volunteers and by our Manager. Our Manager is responsible for the smooth running of the day centre and also responsible for the financial aspects of the charity. We rely heavily on an annual grant from Midlothian Council that covers about two-thirds of our annual running costs. The remaining third is raised by approaches to various Trusts by our Manager - The Lloyds TSB Foundation, The Robertsons Trust, The Queensberry House Trust, The Henry Smith Charity and The Skipton Building Society.
Our aim is to provide a safe, friendly environment for the elderly people in our community to come together and enjoy the company of others.
WHERE TO FIND US
We are situated next to the kitchen entrance of Penicuik High School in Bellmans Road. (Next to the 'old' library building)
Please consider volunteering at the day centre. We have a variety of volunteer work to be carried out so there may be something to suit. Please call in and see us at 7 Bellman's Road, Penicuik or telephone us on (01968) 678109