Dementia wellbeing centre given go-ahead

SHBCSurrey Heath Borough Council’s Executive has given the go-ahead to proposals for a wellbeing centre for people with dementia at the Windle Valley Day Centre.

The centre will be created by demolishing the garages at the Windle Valley site in Bagshot and building a single storey 50 square metre extension, providing sufficient space for up to 12 people at a time.

Aimed at people in the early stages of dementia, it will offer information, help and advice and a pathway into appropriate assessment and support services.

The £80,000 centre will be funded by Surrey County Council from a £500,000 one-off budget being used to provide wellbeing centres spread across Surrey’s 11 boroughs and districts.

Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for community Councillor Vivienne Chapman said: “Dementia presents a huge challenge to society both now and increasingly in the future. In 2009 just under 14,000 older people in Surrey were estimated to have the illness, by 2020 this is predicted to be over 17,000 older people.

“There are huge benefits in providing a wellbeing centre, not least bringing about improved awareness among older people and assisting with early diagnosis.”

“Windle Valley already offers highly valued services and I’m pleased it will be expanding to help make life easier for even more people.”

Open Monday to Friday, Windle Valley is open to all older people as a day service in which users can make friends and enjoy a range of activities like bingo and painting as well as a cooked lunch.

For two days a week, the extended space will be used to expand these existing day care services which due to their popularity are currently operating at total capacity.

A report published this month by an All-Party Parliamentary Group of MPs highlighted there is strong evidence to show the benefit of early diagnosis for people with dementia in helping them and their families to access the support and treatment they need.


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