Surrey Heath Borough Council is investing £40,000 to refurbish The Windle Valley Centre, which provides a range of activities and services for older residents.

The refurbishment particularly aims to ensure the decoration, flooring, furniture and furnishings are suitable for users with dementia, as well as updating the Centre’s general facilities.

Providing a modern, safe and comfortable environment for users is also important for the long term financial viability of the Bagshot centre.

The decision was approved at a meeting of the Council’s Executive on 5 September.
The Windle Valley Centre has an important role to play in preventing or reducing social isolation in older people.

Windle Valley Centre 2017
Windle Valley Centre 2017

The Centre opens five days a week for its core support services, including seated exercise classes, games and quizzes, creative activities including arts and crafts, and the celebration of special events.

A freshly prepared cooked nutritious two course meal is available daily, while access to other services including hairdressers and foot care specialists is also available.

The Saturday Club also operates every week, offering older residents, carers and the cared-for a chance to relax and enjoy themselves through interaction and entertainment.
In addition, the facility will be made available for local voluntary and community organisations to hire for their own activities and events.

In 2015 the Centre was extended to provide a Wellbeing Centre, which provides help and advice to people with dementia, and their carers.

Windle Valley Centre 2017
Windle Valley Centre 2017

Providing services which support older people is a priority for the Council.

During the period 2015 to 2025 the proportion of the population in Surrey Heath in all age groups aged 55 and over is projected to increase. There are significant predicted increases in those aged over 65 years, with the population aged over 85 years predicted to increase by nearly 60% compared to around 40% for Surrey as a whole.

Portfolio Holder for Community, Cllr Vivienne Chapman, said: “The Windle Valley Centre is a crucial resource for older residents in Surrey Heath, and this refurbishment will ensure it is continues to cater to the specific needs of users. I am looking forward to seeing the results.”

The Centre will close from Friday 6 October for the refurbishment to take place, with a scheduled re-opening date of 23 October.