Who we are

The Riverside Dover is an independent local charity which is a community hub for the residents of Dover.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers enable us to offer a range of services in Dover and the surrounding rural areas. We offer social opportunities, activities, lunches and a snack bar Monday to Friday, as well as other essential services for the whole community.

Our mission

Promoting dynamic services, support and activities which help adults share and enjoy a richer community and personal life

Opening hours

Monday – Friday 9.00am – 3:30pm

Saturday & Sunday* – Closed

Contact us

01304 207 268


The Riverside Centre
Maison Dieu Gardens
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    Millie Fuller, a university student, recently sent us an article she has written as part of her university course.  We were very impressed and would like to share it with you – thank you Millie!

    Building Bridges to Wellness: Day Centres and Mental Health

    by Millie Fuller


    Ageing can sometimes make it feel like we’re losing touch with our community. This disconnection can have a negative impact on our mental health. However, we’ve got a solution.


    At Riverside Centre Dover, we’ve made it our mission to help adults enjoy a richer community and personal life. We provide a variety of activities and programmes that encourage social engagement with others.


    A welcoming space


    Our team of friendly staff are committed to making sure all our members feel at home from the minute they arrive. We’re proud to have created an inclusive environment that fosters social connections along with mental and physical wellness. We’re open and available to everyone, however we do provide extensive personalised services for older adults.


    The team collaborates with each member on their preferences and necessities. We make sure they’re getting the most out of their visits. We also strongly believe in creating opportunities for social interaction and physical activity. We find it greatly enhances mental wellbeing.


    Partnership with Dementia & Me


    We’re proud to have forged a partnership with the Dementia and Me co-ordinator programme which is led by Age UK. If you’re listed with any of the surgeries on this page, you’ll be eligible to take advantage of these services.


    We understand the mental health challenges that come with dementia. Through this partnership we provide those who are eligible access to our Dementia and Me Co-ordinators, who can provide you with:


    • Support plan – we develop a customised support plan for each person, taking into consideration their circumstances and challenges. This will include ways in which to deal with their changing needs


    • Appointments – we can discuss the importance of attending different types of appointments throughout your diagnosis.


    • Locating support groups – helping you find your safe space to speak to others going through a similar journey


    • Emotional support – dementia can be extremely impactful on mental health. We’ll guide you along the way with information and advice, including living with the symptoms.


    • Provide you with information on available services – Riverside Dover aims to connect you with available services to better tackle mental health concerns with dementia.


    This partnership is admirable for its true and sincere care for each patient’s welfare. The team of dedicated dementia experts possess a wealth of knowledge and resources, enabling us to offer tailored solutions to meet the specific requirements of those with dementia.


    A change of scenery


    Different environments can reignite independence and freedom that may have been lost. Integrating a change in setting into a daily routine can rekindle excitement and curiosity.

    This may seem trivial but small alterations can improve a person’s wellbeing.


    Meaningful activities and engagement


    When activities bring our members meaning, they feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. This leads to them having a more positive mindset.


    We have weekly activities where members can connect with others and do something they enjoy. From yoga to our memory café, we have different things every single day. So, if you’re joining us once per week or every day, you’ll be fulfilled.




    Prioritising yourself might not seem as paramount as we age, but self-care is incredibly important to our mental wellness.


    Are your feet feeling sore and dry? Our onsite clinic room offers 30-minute footcare appointments for just £23.



    Affordable food options


    As we get older, our bodies need to be nourished to keep going. Sometimes the mental and physical strain of cooking can lead to us not getting enough calories, not to mention the cost of buying groceries.


    Whether you’re attending the centre, or you’d like some delicious food delivered to your home, we can provide it.


    Our affordable and delicious 2-course meal service is available Monday-Friday from just £8.00 or £10.00 delivered. You can add an afternoon tea and some snacks for £4.00 extra.


    If you’re interested in Riverside Centre, Dover please call us on 01304 207 268.


    For volunteer opportunities for the Centre and our charity shop, get in touch today.

    Our Services


    At The Riverside Centre we aim to provide vital support and life-enhancing services to the residents of Dover and surrounding rural villages.

    The Centre is available to everyone, however we do provide an extensive range of personalised services for older people and the wider community.

    All our staff are caring and committed to providing the best service possible.

    Click on any of the headings to find out more information.

    For further enquiries about all our services please call 01304 207268 or complete the form at the bottom of the page

    Meal delivery service

    We are able to deliver a 2 course meal for £8.00 to your door every day (excluding weekends). A tea of a sandwich and snacks can be added for an additional £4.00


    Lunch & Refreshments

    Our Centre is open from 9am to 3pm. A 2 course meal is served Monday – Friday at 12:15pm (see the Menu Tab)

    We also open for Sunday lunch on the LAST Sunday of every month. It is £8.00 for a 2 course meal and booking is essential.

    If you prefer, you can enjoy a light snack and drink from our snack bar which is open from 8:30am to 3pm

    Centre Hire

    Our Centre is available for hire for day and evening events. We offer competitive prices and can provide hot drinks and snacks if required.

    Weekly activities

    At our Centre we have a wide range of daily activities which anyone can join. Activities start from 10am. For details see the Weekly Activity/Clubs Tab

    Exercise classes

    We offer weekly fitness classes, (which can be completed seated or standing)

    A great a opportunity to improve your fitness and meet new people!


    We offer 30 minute Footcare appointments in our onsite clinic room for £23

    Dementia & Me

    Riverside Dover provides a Dementia & Me service which includes Dementia Coordinators and a Dementia Organiser.

    The Centre offers Carers coffee mornings, Memory Cafes, a befriending service and an information and advice clinic.

    To find out more see our Dementia & Me and Dementia Services Tabs

    To find out more about our services complete the below form

      10:30am – 11.30am – Yoga – £5

       Join an hour long Yoga session

      11:45am – 12:15pm – Seated Yoga – £3

      Join our session of seated Yoga

      11:45 – 12:15 – Quiz

      A fun quiz

      12:15pm – Lunch Club

      Come in for a hot meal served at 12:15pm – 2 courses £6.50

      1:00pm – 2:00pm  – Indoor seated bowls (Boccia) – Free to join 

      Boccia is a fun ball game similar to bowls. It can be played by individuals, pairs or teams.

      10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Knit & Natter – Free

      Come along and join the our Knit & Natter sessions, where you can chat and meet like minded people. Our informal groups welcome anyone interested in knitting and /or crocheting and all abilities are welcome. Some needles and wool will be available but it is advisable to bring your own along.

      12:15pm – Lunch Club

      Come in for a hot meal served at 12:15pm – 2 courses £6.50

      1:00pm – 2:00pm – Bingo – 50p per book 

      Bingo is a fantastic, easy game to play.  Join us for a 6 page session, where you can play from just 1 book. We play for 1 line and a full house – prizes include chocolate bars for the line and prize money for the house. Drinks, cakes and snacks available from the snack bar.

      10:00 – 12:00 – Hearing Aid Clinic

      For any issues with hearing aids or for new batteries

      10:00am – 12:00pm Memory Cafe

      Informal gathering every FIRST Wednesday of each month for support, information or advice about all aspects of Dementia.

      12:15pm – Lunch Club

      Come in for a hot meal served at 12:15pm – 2 courses £6.50

      2:00pm – 4:00pm – Activity Sessions

      Activities such as Arts & Crafts, Cooking and Healthy Living

      Between £3.00 and £6.00 per session

      10:00am – 12:00pm – MCST Session

      Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy providing activities

      proven to stimulate the mind and maintain memory and cognition.

      12:15pm – Lunch Club

      Come in for a hot meal served at 12:15pm – 2 courses £6.50

      1:00pm- 2:30pm – Card Making

      Card making activities every Thursday

      Basic materials will be supplied but feel free to bring your own

      Sessions are free to join, however small donations are welcome to help cover costs

      1:30pm – 2:30pm – Exercise to Music

      £3.00 per session

      6:00pm – 7:00pm – Yoga

      An hour of relaxing evening Yoga

      10:00 – 12:00 – Carers Coffee Morning 

      The coffee mornings are on the THIRD Friday of the month. They are informal gatherings for anyone who may need support,

      information or advice about all aspects of Dementia and to meet other carers to share experiences

      11:45am – 12:45pm – Yoga

      A relaxing hour of Yoga

      12:15pm – Lunch Club

      Come in for a hot meal served at 12:15pm – 2 courses £6.50

      6th – Dementia Party! Booking essential!

      Dementia Services

      Dover Riverside Centre are proud delivery partners of the Dementia & Me co-ordinators programme lead by Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable in the Dover Town, Total Health Excellence East and Total Health Excellence West Primary Care Network areas. If you are registered at any of the following surgeries, you will be eligible for a service from Dover Riverside centre:

      • St James Surgery
      • Peter Street Surgery
      • Buckland Medical Centre
      • The High Street Surgery
      • Lydden Surgery
      • Aylesham Medical Practice
      • Pencester Surgery
      • White Cliffs Medical Centre
      • Guildhall Street Surgery
      • The Surgery (Lyminge)
      • Sandgate Road Surgery
      • The New Surgery
      • Manor Clinic

      Please note: If you are registered with another surgery in Kent, you will still be eligible for a service. To find out who your dementia co-ordinator is, please call 01622 943 257 or email us:

      Dementia & Me Co-ordinators will be a single point of contact for help and support for all things dementia across the area. Our Dementia & Me Co-Ordinators will be able to visit you in your own home, create a support plan, and offer a wide range of support and advice.

      Our Dementia & Me Co-Ordinators can help you:

      • Develop an adaptive support plan to help you manage changing needs throughout the dementia journey
      • Highlight the importance of a diagnosis and attend Memory Assessment appointments with you and your carer
      • Identify and arrange access to appropriate support groups for your diagnosis, offering support to take the first steps in these settings
      • By offering emotional support and advice around diagnosis and difficulties arising from dementia symptoms
      • Understand the services available locally and refer to and signpost to a wide variety of organisations with specialist expertise in dementia support or for other support needs

      Though your co-ordinator may help you find more specialist advice in some instances, your assigned co-ordinator will remain with you throughout the process and act as a single point of contact, so that you don’t have to see a different person for every problem you may encounter.

      To find out who your Dementia & Co-ordinator is for the above surgery’s is please call 01304 207268

      Meet the Dementia & Me team

      Our Dementia Co-Ordinatiors are a single point of contact for help and support for all things dementia related across the area and will be able to visit you in your own home, create a support plan, and offer a wide range of support and advice. 

      My name is Debbie, and I am the Dementia and Me Organiser at The Riverside Centre. I have worked in the care sector for the past 25 years in varying capacities but mainly care homes and supported living. As part of my role, I set up and run Memory cafes, offer peer to peer support, supporting young onset and befriending. I am finding this change in direction rewarding and hoping we can bridge the gap in services being offered in Dover and surrounding areas.

      I am Laura, one of the Dementia & Me Co-Ordinators, covering Dover Town. I am a professional social worker with years of experience, mostly in adult care in different settings, including person-centred care and consultation. Most recently I have been working with Macmillian, supporting people throughout their cancer journey all over East Kent. I will now be providing help fior people living with dementia at each step of the pathway, from pre-diagnosis to end of life, if needed. I am looking forward to meeting, supporting and networking with you.

      Memory Cafes

      These sessions are informal gatherings for anyone who may need support, information or advice about all aspects of Dementia. Join us for advice, a cuppa, or just a chat at:

      The Riverside Centre on the first Wednesday of every month from 10am until 12pm and Lydden Village Hall on the third Monday of the month from 10am until 12pm

      Carers Coffee Mornings

      Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month from 10.00-12.00 for advice, a cuppa, or just a chat . The coffee mornings are an informal gathering for anyone who may need support, information or advice about all aspects of Dementia and to meet other carers to share experience

      Information & Advice

      Do you need support such as care services?

      Come along to one of our regular Drop-In Clinics for information and advice from a range of professionals such as:

      • Dementia & Me Coordinator
      • Mental Health Team
      • Community Warden
      • DDC
      • Crossroads
      • Carers Support

      Fresh & Nutritious

      Our Centre is open for a 2 course lunch for £8.00 or snacks from Mon – Fri

      We also offer a 2 course lunch, delivered hot to your door, from  Mon – Fri & Sun for £10.00.  An Afternoon Tea can be added for an additional 4.00

      Menu for week beginning

      *4th December

      (Available in the Centre and for delivery)



      Diced beef casserole, new potatoes, cabbage

      Cherry sponge & custard

      Allergens: milk, eggs



      Roast pork, stuffing, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables

      Apple crumble & custard

      Allergens, milk



      Roast chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables

      Mince pie & cream

      Allergens, milk, eggs, wheat, sulphur dioxide



      Lasagne, garlic bread, side salad

      Meringue nest with fruit & cream

      Allergens: milk, wheat, eggs, mustard, celery



      Chicken & leek pie, mashed potato, seasonal vegetables

      Syrup sponge & custard

      Allergens: milk, wheat, eggs



      Choice of soup, salad or stew (delivered on Friday for £5)





      NB: Gravy served daily – allergens: wheat, milk, eggs, soya, celery, mustard


      Lunch £8.00 / Lunch & Tea £11.50

      Tea: Sandwich of your choice & 3 other snack items

      Alternatives available this week are:

      Jacket potato, salad, savoury mince, chicken.

      Tinned fruit and cream, fresh fruit and cheese & biscuits are always available as a dessert alternative.

      *Menu may be subject to change

      Light snacks

      (Available in the Centre)

      Sandwiches – From £1.50

      Toasted sandwiches – From £1.60

      Beans on 2 slices of Toast – £1.50

      Egg on 2 slices of Toast – £2.50

      Bacon/Sausage Baguette – £2.50

      Sausage rolls – Small 40p Large 80p

      Cupcakes – From £1.00p

      Slice of cake – £1.00p

      Scone & butter – £1.00p

      Scone, cream & jam – £1.50

      Biscuits – 40p

      Crisps – 60p

      Hot & Cold Drinks

      Tea   £1.00

      Coffee  Small – £1.00 Large £1.50

      Hot Chocolate Small – £1.00 Large £1.50

      Cans 80p

      Bottled water 70p

      The Riverside Centre Charity Shop

      The Riverside Centre Charity shop is located in Biggin Street, Dover.

      The proceeds from our shop go directly to The Riverside Centre to help provide the support that we offer.

      Our high street shop has many different items for sale such as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, toys and games, home furnishings, bric a brac, books and much much more.

      We regularly post to FacebookTwitter and Instagram with special offers, promotions and stock.

      Online shop coming soon


      We are continuing to accept donations at our shop from Monday to Saturday between 9.00am and 3.30pm

      Support Us

      With your help the Riverside Centre can continue to reach out to more older people in the Dover community to give them the support they so desperately need.

      Your donations go towards the centre being able to provide a community hub for adults offering social opportunities, activities, food & drink, essential support, advice and friendship. We also offer a range of services for the whole community.

      It could be someone who is struggling with chronic loneliness or they need advice to help them cope with the problems later life can bring, no one should feel they have no one to turn to. 

      With your help we can support so many more people, giving them the support, advice and companionship they need.

      Thank you.

      You can help us by making a donation by clicking on the Donate now button at the top of the page, in person, over the phone or by cheque.

      If you would like to find out more about how your donations support The Riverside Centre please call 01304 207268 or complete the below form.


        Volunteer vacancies

        Meal Delivery Drivers

        Do you have between 2 & 4 hours spare per week? Would you like to give this time to help people within your local community? The Riverside Centre is seeking volunteers to join our friendly team to assist us in delivering hot meals to people in the Dover area.

        We require:

        Volunteers to help at lunch times to deliver meals to people in the local community between the hours of 11:30am and 1:00pm. The role will require car users. Mileage costs are paid. We offer a meal delivery service Mon – Fri & Sun

        To apply please call 01304 207268 and speak to the Centre Manger

        Charity shop volunteers

        We are currently recruiting for volunteers to support our charity shop. We are looking for volunteers who can help sort donations and provide excellent customer service working on the shop floor. Some till experience would be beneficial however not essential as all training will be provided.

        Shifts available: Wednesday 1pm – 4pm, Thursday 9am – 1pm and 1pm – 4pm, Friday 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm & 1pm – 4pm.

        No previous experience required.

        Part-time hours: 4 per week

        To apply please call 01304 207268 and speak to the Centre Manger