COATS Crowthorne Centre

COATS is a charity whose object is to promote the welfare of Senior Citizens within Crowthorne and the surrounding area. It is a registered charity and is managed by a committee of Trustees.


It runs the COATS Centre at Pinewood Avenue, Crowthorne, which provides companionship, lunches, teas, activities, entertainment and services for local elderly older people. ​


COATS bought Woodmancote in 1966 when it became the first Centre of its kind in Berkshire, and possibly in the country, to be run completely by a voluntary organisation. Uniquely, COATS still maintains this independence. The Centre was added to the main house to extend its care services to provide a Day Centre. Woodmancote continued to be used as a residential Respite Care Home until October 2003 when new legislation meant the home ceased to be financially viable on its small scale. The House has recently been renovated and is now leased to young adults requiring supported living. ​


The name is an acronym for ‘Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society’. The Charity was set up in the 1960s. The idea that young people could contribute to the community by helping the elderly was embraced in the name. Originally teenagers helped to raise funds through babysitting and other activities. Young people continue to be involved by helping in the COATS Charity Shop and at the Centre.


We open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm. and Friday 9am to 2:30pm (Closed on Public Holidays) and provide: ​


Fresh home cooked 2 or 3 course lunch at minimal cost. (£6). See Sample Menus. Afternoon tea. ​


Afternoon activities: including bowls, skittles, bingo, quizzes and keep fit. See Sample Activities. Entertainers, including keyboard players, speakers, choirs and slide shows. ​


If you live in the Crowthorne area, we also provide a Minibus service from your front door to the Centre for just £3 per day.

Service statistics
Usually replies in 20 hours
67% of referrals accepted
Service access criteria: Low level dementia friendly
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Physical disability friendly
Waiting list (weeks): 0
Key words - separate with a comma: "day centre", respite, lunch, transport, activities, "older people", elderly