Get involved in developing our day opportunities

We are reviewing the way we provide day opportunities over the next few months.  We want to ensure we develop our new Day Opportunities Strategy jointly with you if you are a service user, carer, provider, frontline staff or health partner. We also want to ensure we maximise your independence if you are a service user or carer.   

We know our current day opportunities benefit a large proportion of service users and their carers across Nottinghamshire with support offered to people with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, older people and people with mental ill health.

Meaningful day opportunities

The first step will be to engage with you if you are a service user, carer, provider, frontline staff or health partner to find out what makes a meaningful day.  

If you currently use day services, wider day opportunities or short breaks please complete our online questionnaire.

If you are a service user, please click here to complete the survey

We want to make sure that day opportunities and short breaks work for family carers as well as the people they care for.

If you are a carer, please click here to complete the survey

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) define meaningful activity as including any: “… physical, social and leisure activities that are tailored to the person’s needs and preferences. An activity can range from activities of daily living such as dressing, eating and washing, to leisure activities such as reading, gardening, arts and crafts, conversation, and singing. It can be structured or spontaneous, for groups or for individuals, and may involve family, friends and carers, or the wider community. Activity may provide emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual stimulation. It should take place in an environment that is appropriate to the person's needs and preferences, which may include using outdoor spaces or making adaptations to the person's environment.”

Day opportunities can mean different things to different people. They can be about learning new skills, taking part in a wide variety of hobbies and interests, accessing the community, supported employment and volunteering opportunities and developing friendships and support networks. We also know that accessing day opportunities is an important source of respite if you are a carer or they can enable you to attend paid employment or medical appointments.

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to look at providing day opportunities in a different way due to social distancing measures and keeping vulnerable people safe. We want to find out about good practice and learning from our providers of day opportunities during this time and how this can inform future service delivery.

The feedback we receive will inform the future strategy for day opportunities across Nottinghamshire. 

We are keen to hear your ideas and understand your needs to help us shape the future for day opportunities. We have had to rethink how we involve people in face to face activities due to social distancing measures and will be talking to you in different ways, by online questionnaires, online workshops, small group sessions and one-to-one contact or by post.

We will be providing regular updates on the progress of the work. If you want to get involved or have any questions, please contact

We have compiled sets of FAQs for service users, carers and staffTo view our FAQs for service users, click here

To view our FAQs for carers, click here

To view our FAQs for staff, click here

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