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The Tryst Day Care Centre

The Tryst Day Care Centre

Situated beside the Church on the hill, the Tryst lounge affords some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.


All accommodation, which includes a large lounge and disabled toilet facilities, is on the level with wheelchair access.

At present, we have 16 service users.


Aims & Objectives
Our aim is to support individuals in all they aspire to in order that life is fulfilling and rewarding, by:

  • Maintaining a safe and comfortable environment.
  • Promoting choice in all aspects of daily life.
  • Offering opportunity for fulfilling pastimes.
  • Maintaining dignity.
  • Respecting privacy.
  • Promoting independence.
  • Offering an individual, needs-led service to all within our care, regardless of gender, culture, social background or ability.

Individual Care Plan
All individuals have their own care plan drawn up in consultation with themselves.   This will fully detail the extent to which their preferred way of life will be met within the service, we also try and incorporate the carer or family member who is involved in the home care package.

Family Involvement
Staff will have a relationship based on trust and characterised by dignity, respect and equality with service users, relatives and friends.   If it is the wish of the service user, relatives, friends and carers are invited to the six monthly review meeting.

Community Involvement
Individuals will be actively encouraged and supported to continue with local community interests.   Should these have diminished, staff will support service users to renew their former community contacts if they so wish.   Being so central within the town, some individuals are able to go shopping while with us and have the purchases brought home in the bus.

Day Care
The Day Care Centre has been developed to meet the needs of the community and offers the following facilities:

  • Trained staff – working with other professionals in the community
  • Comfortable environment
  • Stimulating, imaginative activities
  • Opportunity for social contact

At present, we operate on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.   We depend on the good will of a large group of volunteers to assist with escort and transport duties, also the use of the senior citizens community bus.

Other Services include:

  • Open to everyone in the community over 65 years.
  • The service is free, except for a nominal charge for an excellent lunch.
  • Transport is provided.
  • Individual activities are selected for each attender so that the client will gain maximum benefit by attending.

Management & Staffing

As well as operating Chequers, CrossReach also manages the Tryst Day Care Centre, which is situated up at the Church of Scotland in the centre of town.   We cater for clients from as far a field as Blair Atholl, Dunkeld and Ballinluig.

You can access our latest inspection report and a copy of the National Care Standards ( Care at Home) free from the Socail Care and Socail Work Improvement  Scotland

The Service Manager will be trained and experienced in leading a staff group, working as a team, to provide a quality service to the individual.   We are exceptionally lucky to have a group of very experienced and dedicated volunteers, both for working within the Service and also acting as escorts and drivers.

Trained staff work closely with other outside professionals within the locality.   Family Doctors, District Nurses, Chiropodist, Occupational & Physiotherapists, Dentist and Community Psychiatric Nursing staff use the Tryst as a central point for meeting with clients on an individual basis.

Admission Procedure

Any person over the age of 60 may apply.   The sole criterion for acceptance being their degree of social need.   No admission can take place without a full study of social and medical factors.

Lack of financial means will not be a limiting factor towards admission.
The Service is funded on a ‘block purchase’ scheme through Perth & Kinross Council.

Referrals Procedure
Referrals can come directly from the client themselves, a member of the family, your Home Carer or your Care Manager.

The local Social Work Department has to assess each interested person after a referral has been made.   We then arrange an informal visit to the Tryst to enable you to view what we have to offer and meet with other Day Care service users.

Many individuals find that one day is sufficient, but we do have some who come two or three days as they require.   Servie users are collected by bus each morning and returned again in the early evening.   Meals are provided from the kitchens at the local Hospital and are very much appreciated by all.

Additional Information

Activities at the Tryst are many and varied and participation by individuals is much appreciated.   We have had to work very hard to raise funds for craft material and other ‘extras’.   Service users work very hard putting their many talents to good use.

Please contact the Service Manager if you would like help in reading and understanding this information.


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Contact Details

Lorna Smith
The Tryst Day Care Centre
Church Road
PH16 5EB
07747766401 or 07771345244 or 01796 472160


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