Winter Shelter to Help Homeless People

HomelessTransform Housing & Support will be operating a winter shelter for homeless people from Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede from 5 January to 31 March. The shelter will run in a Surrey  owned building in Staines and will accommodate up to ten clients a night, offering dinner and breakfast and a safe place to stay. The project follows on from the tri-borough shelter hosted by Whiteley Village last winter. Elmbridge has committed a contribution to the running costs of the project, along with the two other boroughs, whilst a range of locally-based organisations have pledged support of various kinds to help get the project up and running . Visit the transform housing website for more details.

Weybridge Centre for the Community

weybridge-centre-retired-360Have you discovered our centre for the community?  It is tucked behind Lloyd’s Bank in Churchfield Place and  offers a range of services, facilities and activities. The centre is under new management and they are inviting locals to come and visit the centre to see what services are on offer.

There are exercises classes, beauty treatments, a Citizens Advice service and much more.  Monday to Friday a freshly prepared three course lunch is served which is made daily on site by the kitchen team.  There is also a tea bar where you can enjoy a cup of tea and piece of cake, where you will be served by one of the centre’s many volunteers.

There are a number of health and wellbeing groups aimed to improve the quality of life for people and their carers. On Monday and Tuesday a specialist group for those with memory loss meet at the centre and take part in a number of activities. A stroke group meets every Monday where there is the opportunity to take part in special exercise classes and activities. On Thursdays a Parkinson’s group meet where they receive regular therapy and lunch. If you, or anyone you know would like to attend any of these groups then please ring the centre for more information.

The centre is also available for hire in the evenings and weekends for events. If you would like to make an enquiry please contact the centre manager.

Centre transport provides a door-to-door service that can collect you from home in the morning, take you to the centre and return you home in the afternoon. Please speak to the centre manager for further information.

To see a detailed programme of activities and events at the centre you can visit the Elmbridge website. To find out about volunteering opportunities please call the centre.

Centre telephone number: 01932 844391.

Email address:

Volunteer forum

volunteerDoes your group seek help in fund raising or grant applications?  If so, then the borough has set up a forum called “Straight from the horse’s mouth” that will tell you about all the big changes to the borough’s annual funding. There will also be information on the excellent training available through the Surrey Skills Academy as well as a chance to book sessions with funders that will be present at the mini funding fair.

This forum is an excellent opportunity for you to aid your organisation by finding out from funders what different funding schemes are available and how to apply for them as well as any grants that may be suitable. It is also a great way to expand your knowledge and network within the voluntary community. Voluntary Action Elmbridge will be able to search through over 8,000 funding opportunities on Grant Finder and support you through the Big Lottery Fund webinar telling you all you need to know about applying for Awards For All.

To make the most of your time at the event, It is advised you pre book one to one sessions with the voluntary sector administrator by emailing or phoning 01372 474 543.

Lib Dems urge Surrey to protect children

Childrens servicesFollowing an Ofsted inspection this June, which rated Surrey’s Children’s Service as “inadequate”, Surrey’s Conservative administration has published its plan on Children’s Improvement 2015.

“Inspectors concluded that there were widespread and serious failures that potentially leave children at risk of harm,” said ClIr Hazel Watson, Surrey’s Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition. “The Conservative administration has a huge challenge to turn around Surrey’s children’s services.”

Better recruitment and training

The Improvement Plan is a substantial report suggesting a host of actions, including better recruitment and retention of social workers, improved training for children’s services staff, more thorough management oversight and more efficient procedures. The publication of the report is the county’s pathway to the recovery of children’s services.

Liberal Democrats in Surrey will work with the Conservative administration and other political groups to ensure that the improvement plan’s actions are fully implemented.  The special focus will be on recruiting and retaining social workers who are experienced and can provide the best possible service for Surrey’s children. The current vacancy rate is approximately 20 per cent in essential social work teams in Surrey,”

Housing advice – drop in sessions

Housing adviceAre you considering moving or perhaps thinking about adapting your home to better suit your needs? A Housing Options Officer for Older People (HOOPS) will be available over the next few months for advice and information.  There will not be advice surgeries in Weybridge but they will be available in the following centres as follows:

  • Cobham Centre at 10am-12 noon on Tuesday, 24 November
  • Walton Centre at 10am-12 noon on Friday, 27 November
  • Hersham Centre at 10am-12 noon on Friday, 29 January
  • Molesey Centre at 10am-12 noon on Tuesday, 9 February

Celebrating nearly 5000 years of volunteering!

volunteerLong service awards were presented to volunteers at the Elmbridge special Volunteer Awards Ceremonies. The awards totalled nearly 5,000 years of volunteering, a fantastic achievement from the borough’s dedicated team of volunteers! Volunteers enjoy a variety of roles within Community Support Services from helping out at our busy Centres, to delivering meals on wheels to our most vulnerable residents. If you would like to find out more about how you could volunteer around Elmbridge please call 01372 474552 or email

Hydrate with 8 quiz winner

Hydrate with 8 logoShirley Way from Claygate is the proud winner of the Hydrate with 8 quiz, following the very successful Hydrate with 8 Campaign that ran during July 2015. Her reward was a voucher of £20 for Marks and Spencer from the generous sponsors of the campaign Walton Charity, and Walsingham Care. The prize giving took place on 25 August.

The Hydrate with 8 Campaign visited 14 different locations around the borough which included GP surgeries, sheltered housing schemes and hospitals and because of the sponsorship, nearly 1,000 mugs and coasters, which promote the 8 drinks a day message, were given away.

Included in the campaign were the 228 recipients of the Meals on Wheels service in the borough. Hydrate with 8 mugs and coasters were personally delivered by the fantastic team of volunteers who support the service run by Community Support Services.

If you would like to find out more about the Hydrate with 8 Campaign log onto the Elmbridge website or if you would like to know more about Community Support Services including volunteering, please call 01372 474552

Who deserves recognition?


Living and Ageing well in SurreyThis year’s Living and Ageing Well in Surrey Awards will be held on Wednesday, 18 November at Dorking Halls. The awards acknowledge individuals, many of whom are volunteers, groups and services for the positive contribution they make to their local community, improving services for older people.

If you know someone who deserves recognition for making their community a better place to live for older people, please nominate them today.

For more information visit the website.

National Government cuts public health budget in Surrey

budget cutsThe Department for Health has released figures showing the Conservative government is planning to cut the public health budget in Surrey buy over £2,000,000. The budget pays to help improve people’s health so there is less pressure on the English health service.

Work undertaken by public health budgets includes encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

This cut will mean that local residents are less likely to make good decisions on their health, and when they do need help it is less likely to be available to them. Cutting the budget in the middle of the financial year means it will be really difficult to make these cuts. Liberal Democrats believe these are the wrong cuts, made in the wrong way and they will end up costing the Government and the NHS more than is saved.

How can time banking help you?

TimebankingFind out at a talk to be given at 10:00, on Tuesday, 14 July, at All Saints Church, Chestnut Avenue, Esher, KT10 8JL.

Within the borough we have a wealth of skills, interests and experience that we can share with each other.  Sharing these things can help to make our society better and Timebanking is a really simple way to make that sharing easy.

Timebanking is all about giving and receiving.  It works by people offering to share a skill, interest, experience or some practical support with other time bank members.  In return they can receive something they want from the time bank.

For example, Tony is 17 and offers to teach older people at the local community centre how to use WiiFit to keep them mobile and active. For every hour Tony puts in he earns one-time credit which he spends on learning new cooking skills from Jan, another time bank member. Everyone’s time is equal. For more information about timebanking please read the attached flyer and visit

To book your place contact Liz Tracey on or telephone 020 8541 7020