By Ralph Linsell, chair of the trustees
Following our article last year about the uncertain future of the Westway Community and Wellbeing Centre, the chair of trustees Ralph Linsell brings us up-to-date with current developments.
“The Westway has now secured a 15-year lease on the centre building with Tandridge District Council.
We have a number of grant applications in progress, including the National Lottery, and are working with our partners to secure the financial future of the centre.
We are always developing our programme and working on ideas to include the whole community. To this end, we recently carried out a survey of those who visit the centre, including staff, volunteers and service users, so thank you to everyone who responded. We will use your feedback to further develop and improve the services and activities provided.
We would also like to extend thanks to our small staff team and amazing volunteers. The centre is for the community and run by the community, and our message is ‘Be part of The Westway’. More than 90% of our survey respondents agreed that engaging with the activities and services we provide, as well as volunteering with us, helped them feel part of the community.
We are always looking for more volunteers and trustees, and we would welcome those with a range of experience, particularly financial and fundraising, at this time. Please join us, and get involved.”
If you would like to be part of the Westway, contact Ralph on 01883 347230 (extension 1013), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the centre’s website to find out more about the many events, activities and services that the centre provides.