Guru Nanak Day Centre

Guru Nanak Day Centre

The Guru Nanak Day Centre, Gravesend officially opened in July 1993 in partnership with Kent County Council Social Services Department and the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Management Committee for Minority Ethnic Communities.

The Guru Nanak Day Centre is proud to be situated (since 2009) on the grounds of the spectacular new £14 million Gurdwara, the largest in Europe.

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The new premises have been refurbished in consultation with Service Users and meet the D.D.A. (Disability Discrimination Act) requirements, enabling easy accessibility to the building. There are shower facilities on the premises but due to lack of resources we are unable to provide this much needed service. However, this could be developed in the near future.

Our aim is to provide a warm and friendly service, which could be called ‘a home from home’ for older people from all cultural backgrounds.  The need for services is greater as the change in social and economic structure has had greater effect on the extended family structure.  So the need of language and culturally appropriate services is paramount as older people often feel isolated.

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The Guru Nanak Day Centre provides day care services to older people aged 60 plus, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and in addition has a drop in service at the weekends from 12 noon to 5pm.

Transport is provided for those who meet the criteria based on a mobility assessment carried out by the Assessment and Enablement team. Refreshments and healthy Asian meals are available in line with individual dietary needs at a set cost.

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Our trained bi-lingual staff not only provide support but also promote well being, enabling older people to live safely and independently in their local communities. Whilst respecting the independence and dignity of our older service users, emphasis is placed on their individual needs and comforts through ‘person centered’ approach. Hence, allowing families and other organisations to be involved, enabling them to maximise their independence.

Every effort is made to devise care plans to meet individual needs, taking into account the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of each person.

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At GNDC we provide the following range of services and activities

  • Drop in centre
  • Transport to and from the centre for frail service users
  • Comfortably furnished lounges with satellite TV, video and music system.
  • Separate facilities for male and female (as upon their wishes)
  • Library books
  • Ethnic and English newspapers
  • Social recreational and educational activities
  • Light refreshments
  • Fresh healthy Asian meals, along with a diabetic menu for service users with specific dietary needs
  • Exercise and leisure
  • Healthy cooking sessions and advice
  • Religious activities
  • Music and Art / Craft Therapy
  • Benefits and Pensions advice
  • Day Trips
  • Raising Awareness – Dementia, Stroke, Diabetes, Incontinence etc
  • Regular visits from local PCSO – Information sharing
  • Regular service user meetings

On going fund raising events and donations received have enabled us to transform the outdoor space by planting raised beds with herbs and plants so that the service users can enjoy the gardens throughout the year.

Health information and awareness sessions

External Health professionals are invited to hold regular awareness sessions on various health related topics eg. Tuberculosis, Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Mental Health and Dementia.

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Contact Details:

For access to  Day Care Services please call 03000 41 41 41

Guru Nanak Day Centre
Khalsa Avenue
Off Trinity Road
Gravesend Kent
DA12 1LU
01474 537781

Guru Nanak Day Centre Booklet

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