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Watchet Phoenix Centre

The Watchet Phoenix Centre faces the marina in the centre of Watchet. Volunteers provide activities, refreshments including lunch, and day care facilities for elderly, frail and disabled residents of Watchet and nearby. The Tuesday club provides a whole day of activities which gives an opportunity for carers to have a respite. On Wednesdays and Fridays volunteers run lunch clubs. A small charge is made for these clubs. There is a Knit and Natter group once a month and there is an annual exhibition of arts and crafts. Other activities include sales of crafts, coffee mornings, outings and speakers. The centre hosts other local groups. It is hired out to Weight-watchers and the local band for practice night. It is available for hire when not otherwise in use. The centre is wheelchair accessible, with a platform lift to a disabled toilet. Parking is limited but there is a drop off point and a public car park is close by.

16 May 2016
Voluntary Sector, Community organisations, Care
Local Alliances:
Watchet & the Quantocks Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

People living with dementia and their carers are welcome to join in all the activities at the Centre.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Lunches and activities are provided by teams of volunteers, whose knowledge and understanding of dementia is inevitably varied. The teams of volunteers are independent from each other.              

2. Actions

  • Dementia awareness

    Helping volunteers become more aware of the possibilities open to people living with dementia and the role that volunteers can play in helping people with dementia live as well as possible.

  • Encourage volunteers to become Dementia Friends

    Provide opportunities, or publicise local opportunities, for trustees and volunteers to become Dementia Friends. 

  • Support Watchet Dementia Action Alliance

    Publicise events organised by Watchet Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA), including the fortnightly ‘Forget-me-not Café’ and allow WDAA to hold events, such as Dementia Friends sessions, in the Centre.