About Us

Meet the Adorno Community Day Centre team and learn about our mission/vision

Adorno Companions

Emma Doney

Managing Director

My social care career started in 2008 when I took a part time job as a support worker for vulnerable children and adults in both residential and respite settings. I also have experience of resettling people back into their own homes after rehabilitation for an acquired brain injury. After graduating from University I went on to gain a Diploma in Leadership and Management as well as being involved in a number of project and programme management roles. During this time, my grandmother developed Alzheimer’s Disease and was provided with less than adequate social support, despite the expensive care home fees! As I lost my own mother aged 9, this was particularly devastating as my grandmother and I were very close. This spurred me on to, one day, look to improve social support for vulnerable people. After a brief spell in marketing, and the birth of my first daughter, Adorno Companions was established.
Emma Doney


Day Centre Coordinator

Mark joined our team in July 2019 and has been matched with two male clients with dementia. Together with Mark, the clients have enjoyed snooker, exercises classes, visits to coffee shops, walks in the countryside and jigsaws at home in colder months. Mark now runs our three Activity Club venues, as well as conducting initial consultations with our clients and on-boarding our newest Companions.
Emma Doney

Our Story

When the first Covid-19 lockdown was announced in March 2020, services providing short breaks for full time carers closed down and support networks and groups weren’t able to operate in person. Some moved online but the stimulation that services such as Day Centres provide to older people as well as the respite for carers could not be replaced. Adorno Community Day Centre have now successfully launched at community based venues in Yate, Winterbourne and Stoke Gifford and have plans to expand their capacity to accommodate more people. We can’t emphasise enough the joy seen in our clients faces when taking part in our group based activities at our day centre. It’s been such a tough year, but for older people, particularly those with a cognitive impairment, it has been impossible to maintain contact with their normal social circles. We have had new friendships flourish in our first 2 weeks and it’s magical to witness.

Our Mission & Vision

The State of Ageing Report from the Centre for Ageing Better in 2019 stated: “Our extra years of life are a gift that we should all be able to enjoy and yet, increasing numbers of us are at risk of missing out. Ageing is inevitable, but how we age is not.” It is therefore our mission to improve the wellness of older people in our communities. Our Support Workers and Companions are professional, compassionate and matched to clients based on interests and location. To become a Support Worker or Companion, applicants must proceed through a 2-stage interview process. All of our staff members are Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends, and are provided with DBS Checks, PPE and full training. They should therefore be very proud in the knowledge that they are part of a wider, growing team of very patient and kind-hearted people, making a real difference to the lives of those in our community.

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