In 1981 a small lunch club Day Centre was started by Presteigne Council of Churches at the suggestion of the towns GP Dr Goodall-Copestake.  It was organised and cooked for by volunteers and provided friendship and a hot meal for any elderly, bereaved or lonely people in need.

Over the years the number of more dependent elderly people in the area grew.  Social Services took note of the Centre’s value and began funding a paid cook and shared advice.

Finally in 1995 with the support of the local MP Jonathan Evans and a number of County Councillors as well as the Town Council, government money was obtained to fund the adaptation of the old Scottleton Street school building, to provide a fully equipped Day Centre serving the whole of East Radnorshire.  It came into use in September 1995 and was formally opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Powys, Mervyn Bourdillon in March 1996.

Over the years the centre has changed to accommodate the prevailing needs of the community and expanded its catchment area to include Felindre in the North, Gladestry in the West and over the border into Herefordshire and Shropshire in a radius of some 18 miles from Presteigne.  Although based in Presteigne, it should be emphasized that our services area is East Radnorshire.

Originally, the Day Centre offered a limited service with a social emphasis.  It was manned by volunteers who managed and ran the centre, but as the needs of the elderly community changed, with care becoming a more sought after service, a qualified professional manager was brought in and trained staff employed.

In 2001 the Day Centre became a Limited Company and management was devolved to a management team and fully trained staff supported by the board of trustees.  Volunteer workers offering a range of skills are still welcome and our current ones play an important part in the functioning of the centre.