LOCAL spirit is certainly well in Woking as Mayor Anne Roberts proved with the opening of the borough’s new community hub.
The Woking Wellbeing Centre, located at The Vyne Centre for the Community in Knaphill, is the latest branch of a chain of points of contact for residents, and support services relating to memory loss and dementia. Carers will also benefit from the easily accessible information and services located at the centres.
Eleven well-being hubs have been planned across Surrey, with seven already open.
It is estimated that around 570,000 people in the UK have dementia, a disease that causes memory loss, difficulty with everyday tasks and the loss of speech and mobility. Surrey County and Woking Borough Councils have set up partnerships with local organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and the NHS to provide a weekly timetable of sessions which will promote wellbeing and independent living.
Speaking at the opening, Mayor Roberts, who was joined by Surrey’s County Council’s Associate Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Mel Few, said: “Dementia is a devastating condition that affects many people across our local communities and the nation.
“By bringing different service providers together under one roof, the Woking Wellbeing Centre will become an invaluable resource providing support, knowledge and reassurance to those families affected by this debilitating illness.”
The Woking Wellbeing Centre is complimented by a tranquil and relaxing community garden, created as part of the Arts Partnership Surrey’s Vitamin G garden project, which transforms forgotten and underused open spaces across the county. The garden, opened in April, is specifically suited to people with dementia and the wider community.
The centre is open to anyone, whatever their situation. A drop-in advice service is available every Thursday between 9am and midday.