Woking Wellbeing Centre opens to public

16 May 2014

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A new wellbeing centre providing support and advice for the elderly was officially opened by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Anne Roberts, and Surrey's County Council's Associate Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Mel Few, at a special open day today (Friday 16 May)..

The Woking Wellbeing Centre, located at The Vyne Centre for the Community in Knaphill, is a local hub for information and support services relating to memory loss, dementia, particularly for those in the early stages or prior to diagnosis, and associated problems. Carers will also benefit from the easily accessible information and services. Eleven wellbeing centres are 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 Council and Woking Borough Council 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 well-being and independent living.

At the opening, Cllr Anne Roberts, Mayor of Woking, said: "Dementia is a devastating condition that affects many people across our local communities and the nation. By bring 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 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 Surrey. 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 12noon.

For more information about the Centre, please contact rianna.hanford@surreycc.gov.uk or call 0208 2132662.