Wade is a registered charity whose aim is to promote the welfare of the elderly in Wokingham and surrounding areas. The Charity was founded by the late Jean Davy, a former Mayor of Wokingham, and the Day Centre at 40 Reading Road, Wokingham was opened in 1974. Our Registered Charity Number is 1178937.
Wade membership and the use of the centre is open to anyone who is sixty or over and living in Wokingham and the surrounding area.
The Centre opens from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank and public holidays).
Our Patron is The Lady Elizabeth Godsal. Wade is governed by a board of Trustees, led by our Chair, Jackie Wilson.
The caring, catering and driving staff's salaries are generally covered by the charity’s funds. We only ask individual members to pay a modest annual membership fee plus a charge for their midday meal and transport to allow us to minimize our charges to the elderly. However, Wade has to make continuous and vigorous efforts to raise funds and donations. Please do get in touch if you would like to make a contribution.
We welcome volunteers of any age wishing to support the aims of Wade.
"My family has always supported Wade in the past. Indeed, 40 years ago when my sister and I were at The Holt, we volunteered at Wade. So when the time came for my parents to need help, I was particularly grateful to find Wade was there for us and the staff at Wade were still willing to go that extra mile - with a smile - to help us through a difficult time."
"Staff are very caring and it is a delight to come to Wade each week. The members are so friendly and the food is excellent."
"I couldn't wait to come back to Wade after a spell in hospital. One word describes Wade - 'Perfect'."
"My husband and I would like to thank you for the excellent service you provide at Wade. Doreen has enjoyed coming to you and always raved about the lunches! We too have appreciated the break of a few hours that her days at Wade have afforded us."
Patricia Robson (daughter in-law)
Wade was initially formed with the following aims:
Wade adopted its first Constitution on 19th February 1969 and was registered as a charity on 8th October 1969. Our Day Centre, in the building originally known as Little Court, opened in 1974.
Over time, Wade has changed significantly to cope with the changing needs of the members. It is now a widely accepted fact that isolation is is becoming a big problem among the elderly as it can result in depression and related illnesses. In these times many people are living well into their 90s, some with mobility issues or cognitive challenges.
Wade provides a safe, caring and stimulating environment where members can come and meet old friends, make new ones, and have a good, nourishing midday meal, freshly cooked by our kitchen staff.
Wade is also aware that there are many elderly people caring at home for an equally elderly partner, and we are pleased to be able to offer them respite so they can leave their loved one for the day, knowing that they will be safe and well cared for.
Our excellent team of trained carers who, as well as looking after the varied daily needs of the members, arrange numerous activities such as seated exercises, flower arranging, quizzes and bingo. There is also entertainment, especially musical, which is very popular.
We have two minibuses (purchased through very generous legacies) which do a door-to-door service for people who cannot make their own way to the Centre.
There is a weekly hairdressing service and a podiatrist comes fortnightly. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy are also available.
The Grade II listed premises are available for hire during the evenings and weekends to provide an additional income stream. In the summer the garden is very popular with local organisations for barbecues and fêtes.
The charity shop in Rose Street provides a significant additional source of income and donations for the shop are always very welcome.
We have many loyal volunteers who help at the shop and the centre, and at fundraising events. New volunteers are always very welcome as are donations of any size, to help keep this very special Centre going.