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Day opportunities

Day opportunities aim to support you with maintaining independence, inclusion in local community life and personal development. The services support people with different needs, from low level support through to more intensive personal care. They offer the chance to socialise and meet new people.

Activities available

Activities at day services could be community-based, such as going to a leisure centre or could be provided through groups with a specific aim, for example luncheon clubs to provide social contact, or groups set up to support individuals who have dementia.

The activities offered to you are targeted to achieve your personal objectives, for example, help with learning how to travel on public transport confidently and safely. Some services may be provided in buildings that are set up for people who need support with their personal care and need access to facilities that keep them safe.

Other day services will support you to access activities in the community or in outreach groups. The day service staff will monitor and review your progress against your objectives to make sure activities continue to meet your needs.

Accessing day opportunities

If we assess you as having eligible care needs, we will work with you and your carers to draw up a care and support plan. This will be based on what ‘outcomes’ you would like to achieve, for example, you may wish to make use of facilities in the local community and meet new people.

We can purchase day services on your behalf if you have eligible social care needs.

You can also approach day service providers yourself and buy services directly if you have a Direct Payment from us, or as a private customer if you do not have eligible social care needs or are a self-funder. In both these instances you will need to discuss the prices with the service provider.

For further information about eligibility and assessments, please see accessing care and support pages or contact Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190.

Day opportunities providers

Our adult care services

We provide a variety of day services throughout the county which are managed by us. Some of the services are aimed mainly at older adults and others are for people with a learning disability.

If following an assessment you are not eligible for support or funding from us, you may still be able to buy our direct care day services from us as a self-funder.

The Derbyshire Shared Lives Scheme offers day opportunities for anyone who is eligible for adult care services. A referral to the Shared Lives team can be made by your adult care worker. The Shared Lives team will be happy to provide you with further information, email: or tel: 01629 533769.

External providers - accredited external provider framework

To make sure a range of high quality day services are available throughout the county, we advertised the opportunity for external day services to join an accredited list of providers from whom we can buy services on behalf of our clients. We call this list the ‘Framework of Day Services’. All the providers on the framework have been assessed by us to make sure they meet certain standards and can provide high quality services.

You can search the framework for a suitable provider using our online database or electronic directory.

Other external providers

Our brokerage service can assist you to find services to meet your needs and help you to get the best value for money. The brokerage team may hold details of day services that are not accredited with or run by us. Tel: 01629 537763 or 01629 537758 or request a call back.

Concerns, complaints and safeguarding

In Derbyshire we aim to do what we can to protect someone from abuse. We work with providers of services to ensure they alert the local authority if someone is experiencing harm or abuse or is felt to be at risk of experiencing harm or abuse. If you want to talk to someone regarding any abuse you or someone else may be experiencing you can contact Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190.

Further information

You can also contact Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190 or email:, or discuss your options with your social worker.