Leah Manning Centre

The Leah Manning Centre, opened in 1980 as a purpose-built, modern day care centre with a warm, friendly atmosphere and named after a former teacher and MP for Epping in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Leah Manning Centre provides specialist day care for older people, administered by Harlow Council working in partnership with Essex County Council, Adult Social Care who fund the specialist day care, for Harlow residents with a higher level of need.

The Leah Manning Centre is an ideal environment to make friends and socialise with others. Our highly skilled staff provide person-centred support to the client to achieve their aspirations and goals through individual care plans. Each individual is offered choice and control over the activities they wish to participate in, and we continuously review these to ensure variety and stimulation for each and every day of attendance.

“Always looked after - I never miss a day - staff are great.” Pete Neighbour, 64


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Every day at the centre is different, with a variety of stimulating activities and opportunities on offer for older adults with a range of support needs to maximise independence and to gain and maintain skills for everyday living, enabling them to be part of their local community and meet new people.

Example activities

Arts and crafts

Bingo and raffles

Board games

Cinema afternoons

Cultural celebrations

Event speakers

Musical entertainment

Mobile library

Monthly outings

Non-heat cooking

Physical games


Reminiscence through pictures and music


Sensory and therapeutic activities

Leah Manning also work in partnership to host special events.


Accessing our service

If you are interested in attending our centre there are two routes you could take: self-referral or a referral from Essex County Council Social Services (Adults, Health & Community Wellbeing).

You can contact Essex County Council Social Services on 0345 603 7630

Self referral

If you opt for self-referral, you can contact the Leah Manning Centre for more information on charges and availability. We have a range of packages available to suit your individual needs and requirements.

Packages can include, for example:

  • Full or half-day attendance
  • Transport to and from your home
  • A hot two-course lunch

Please contact for a self referral:

Referral from Essex County Council

If you seek a referral from Essex County Council Social Services (Adults, Health & Community Wellbeing), they will assess your requirements for care and support and, if appropriate, you will be referred to the centre. This can be either through their in-house teams or by setting you a personal budget to pay for your visits to the centre. Direct payments are welcome. For more information please contact the Leah Manning Centre.

Open details

The Leah Manning Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:45pm.


We have volunteering opportunities at The Leah Manning Centre. For information on these, call Sue Mouncey on 01279 446121


The Leah Manning Centre welcomes the views of our service users, their families and carers. If you would like to provide feedback on the service please use the contact details below.

Contact details

Leah Manning Centre
Park Lane
Essex CM20 2QJ

Email: leah.manning@harlow.gov.uk