Affinity Day Care C.I.C. celebrated its first anniversary with a massive community party. The service, based at St. Luke’s Community Centre in Duston, was established on 2nd December 2020 and offers care, friendship, and fun for older people across Northampton.

It’s been quite a year for the fledgling service, which was opened originally in response to the closures of day care services for older adults across Northamptonshire. The team behind Affinity saw that the need for day care was increasing, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only was the immediate need clear, but predicted population increases also suggest that the over 65 population of Northamptonshire will grow by 51% by 2030, a rate higher than the regional and national average.

As soon as the national lockdown lifted on Wednesday 2nd December 2020, Affinity Day Care C.I.C. opened their doors for the first time. Welcoming six clients on their first day, demand soared, and in just 6 weeks, the service had filled 50 weekly places. A year on, there are now over 135 weekly places filled.

In what has been a challenging year, the Affinity family have been very busy! In February they went viral on TikTok with their valentine’s day video gaining over half a million viewsThe message of their video struck a chord with the young TikTok audience and was simple: ‘We love you.’

They have also celebrated many birthdays this year, including a very special milestone for Pearl Kathleen Drinkwater, known to her friends as Kay, who turned 100 years old and celebrated with a party with her Affinity pals.

They opened a specialist dementia care facility catering to individuals with high dependency needs. A variety of activities are available including sensory activities, rummage boxes, baby therapy, singing, dog and cat therapy and excursions. Those with wandering tendencies, (a common symptom of dementia), are able to do so safely in an environment supported by trained carers.

In June, just 6 months after opening, they were shortlisted for “Best Lockdown Hero” in the Northants Life awards. Nominations were made by the community, making it a very special honour.

Fern Overton, Director, Affinity Day Care C.I.C.:

“We’ve achieved so much this year, I can’t quite believe it! We’re so lucky to have an amazing team of 11 staff and 6 volunteers who make our service so special. We took a different view on day care from day one. We offer new experiences and life opportunities. We want to celebrate later life and empower older adults to live life to the full.”

To celebrate their first year, Affinity C.I.C. threw a huge celebration at St Luke’s Community Centre on Saturday 4th December. They had entertainment including the 5F air cadets, a buffet, cake, dancing and a raffle which raised £420 to go towards an all-terrain wheelchair.

An Affinity regular, Nancy, said of the celebration:

“It’s the best party I’ve been to! I’m so pleased Affinity was set up and have been so successful. They’ve really made a massive difference to my life.”

 Fern Overton, Director, Affinity Day Care C.I.C.:

“The room was filled with friends, family, love and gratitude. There were so many wonderful comments, and it was a really emotional day. We’re really looking forward to 2022. We’re researching and looking at expansion. The goal is to have an Affinity Day Care C.I.C. in every community that needs it.”

To find out more or to book a free telephone assessment, call 01604 372744, email info@affinitydaycare.co.uk or visit the website www.affinitydaycare.co.uk