Day time supports

Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic in March 2020, nearly all day time supports for adults with disabilities and older people across England, have either closed, significantly reduced their size or remodelled their service offer. 

For the safety of all stakeholders, planning to resume the provision of day service supports will need to be approached carefully and must be underpinned by continued Public Health guidance and the Government’s planned phases for reopening the country. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each organisation to consider the feasibility of service resumption and what actions are necessary to achieve this.

This page will provide updates, information and resources to help providers in the process of re-opening their services. Resources created by providers and examples of good practice will also be shared on this page. If you have any examples you would like to share or for any other enquiries regarding day time supports, please email

Keep checking this page for updates and resources.

Testing in day centres 

Further to the item last week on the updated SCIE reopening day centre guidance, Delivering safe adult day care, DHSC have subsequently issued a poster on testing in day centres. Staff who work with day centres can sign-up for a webinar about testing eligibility. These are on Monday Feb 15 and Monday Feb 22 at 11am.

Support groups

Formal support groups of up to 15 people can continue under exemptions in national lockdown.

Advice from NW ADASS

Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes, but is not limited to, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, including for them to meet young workers.

Day services are covered by the term ‘support group’. Therefore they should be able to stay open where they need to deliver face to face care – or they may amend their service to online/distance support (as some already have).

This is in the national guidance on 

Resumption of Day Services

In order to assist with each organisation's decision to re-open, the Framework for the Resumption of Day Services (PDF 845KB) aims to provide guidance and signposting to official documents, as well as a suite of tools that can be used to take the first steps to re-opening day services.

Useful documents and information

Lancashire Resilience Forum updates

Adult Social Care cell of the Lancashire Resilience Forum have created the following guidance:

Shortage of PPE

The LCC PPE Phoneline and Mailbox operate Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Tel: 0300 123 6786

Non-urgent orders and queries can be submitted via email to:

Guidance from other sources