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Whiteley Village Plans Expansion

Whiteley Village plans expansion for additional 150 people as waiting list for longer life grows longer!

 Women residents of Whiteley Village in Walton on Thames – a retirement community for people of limited financial means – enjoy a longevity boost of up to 5 years compared to the general population, research has shown.

With demand for accommodation at Whiteley Village at its highest and a wait-list of over one year, the Whiteley Village Trust is now applying for planning to build an additional 62 almshouses, a new care hub providing an extra 30 care suites, and extra care flats. If approved, the planning will enable an extra 150 older people in desperate need of accommodation to live at Whiteley.

Run by The Whiteley Homes Trust (Charity Patron: HRH the Prince of Wales), in 2017 Whiteley Village celebrates 100 years of providing housing, care and support for retired people of limited means. The village is home to around 500 residents ranging in age from 65-106, the majority of whom live independently in almshouses, with additional support available to meet people’s changing needs over time, with extra-care apartments, a residential home and a nursing home.  Most residents rely on housing benefit to pay the cost of renting their accommodation. In many cases the Whiteley Homes Trust subsidises those whose accommodation and care needs are not fully met by the state.

Chandra McGowan, Chief Executive of The Whiteley Homes Trust comments: “For 100 years, Whiteley Village has supported older people to live as independently as possible. Our one-stop-shop solution brings together suitable accommodation and care on one site, and this enables our residents to live independently for longer.

“Our strength of community is a key driver to the longevity boost identified by the research from Cass Business School. Every day we see our residents helping each other and this inter-dependence is very important to everyone’s well-being. People living at Whiteley Village tell us they feel safe, connected and cared for, underpinned by the security of having their ‘own home’. For many this removes a huge amount of anxiety given their housing situation prior to arrival. The Whiteley example provides positive insight into much needed proactive solutions for our ageing society.”

Analysing 100 years’ worth of residents’ records, the Cass findings suggest that Whiteley Village sets a good example of how retirement village living is capable of combating the negative effects on health and social well-being, especially when it comes to low economic means and isolation.  This approach could help in the Government’s aim to reduce mortality inequalities amongst lower socio-economic groups.

Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School, said: “It is well established that people classified as having a low socio-economic status tend to have a lower life expectancy than the average member of the population, but instead we found the opposite at Whiteley. One of our main results is that we show that female residents actually receive a longevity boost from retirement village life, and that life expectancy for males reaches a similar level to that of the general population.

“The undoubted lesson of Whiteley is that it is possible to create a socially stimulating and safe environment in which older people can enjoy a longer retirement in peace and comfort compared to that experienced by individuals of similar backgrounds in the general population.”

In the UK the population over age 65 is projected to increase by more than 40%, to over 16 million, during the next 17 years. With the population ageing so rapidly, finding ways in which the older population can live their later lives in relative health and comfort has become an increasingly important issue in the UK.

There is considerable interest in creating more retirement villages in the UK to offer housing and care for the increasing numbers of older people who are attracted to this type of retirement living. The benefits of communal living in later life – which include enhanced quality of life, reduced social isolation and greater independence – are of immense significance because of continuously rising cost pressures on health and social care.

This month sees the launch of The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well, as the Trust is keen to share what it has learned and invite collaboration from Government, policy makers, academics and commercial organisations to explore potential solutions for future policy on care, wellbeing, inequality and housing in later life.

To download a copy of the Press Release please click HERE.

Enquiries: media@whiteleyvillage.org.uk  

BBC Surrey Radio Interview

BBC Radio Surrey Interview – Tuesday 21st February 2017

James Cannon and Suzanne Bamborough from BBC Radio Surrey interviewed Professor Ben Rickayzen and Village Resident, Terry Pottinger about living longer at Whiteley Village on their breakfast show.
Listen to the full interview HERE.

The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well

The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well                                                                         

A century of living longer and living well
For 100 years, the Whiteley Homes Trust has helped older people of limited means to live better and, on average, longer than they would have done outside Whiteley Village. Good quality almshouses and a vibrant community, with care and support from family, friends, volunteers, and professionals have all contributed to our success.
People often see the country’s ageing population as a burden rather than an asset – particularly a burden on public services struggling to meet increasing demands. The Trust works with villagers to support them whatever their needs, but also to benefit from their skills. We are increasing the number of beneficiaries because so many older people live in poor or isolated conditions outside the Village.
In our centenary year (2017) we are ambitious for the next 100 years. We are launching a major development programme to build new almshouses with technically advanced facilities so we can support and care for people where they choose to be: in their own homes.
We want to go further. Most research about ageing focuses on health and care. But that is only one aspect of ageing, ignoring everyday life. How do people’s preferences and priorities change as they age? What does it mean to enjoy the added years of life to the full? What choices are most important to older people? What do they value most from people who want to help them? What makes them feel valued in society?
These issues affect everyone simply because they are getting older. Businesses, charities, and public services all need better insights if they are to be effective in helping older people live well as they age.
Whiteley’s century of experience gives us many clues, and a unique base for research and experimentation. We want to engage with others who share our interest. They could be older people, thought-leaders, and people working with older people in many different fields. They could be businesses providing technology and other aids and services. In fact, anyone keen that longer life should be better life, too.

Launching the Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well
The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well aims to understand what it means to live well in later life, and how best to help people do so. The Whiteley Homes Trust will then apply the lessons in its everyday practice.
The Foundation will search widely for best practice, and share our learning freely. The charitable objectives of the Trust are to house and support older people of limited means, but the Foundation will address issues affecting all people as they age, irrespective of their wealth.
We will start by inviting a diverse range of thought-leaders from around the world to contribute to a volume of articles that challenge our thinking and set the agenda for the future. This will cover all aspects of ageing well, including well-being, leisure, personal relationships, finance, health, care and support. It will look ahead to the opportunities and implications of new technology to help people live well in later life. We will publish the volume in time for the 100th anniversary of the first Villager moving to Whiteley, which was October 1917.
We will organise an inaugural conference to discuss the issues raised in the publication. The conference will explore how to grasp the opportunities and tackle the challenges that our ageing society faces.
We will set up a website to publish our work and link it with that of others.
And we will apply the lessons we learn to the everyday life of the Village.

Laying the foundations
The Whiteley Foundation will be a free-standing body hosted by the Whiteley Homes Trust charity. If it is successful, it will become a separate charity.
The Trust has already made a start. In February 2017, we published ground-breaking research into longevity at Whiteley undertaken by the Cass Business School. The International Longevity Centre launched this important work, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust.
We have already worked with Surrey University on research into ethical decision-making in social care, the impact of change on elderly residents, and training for nurses. We are in discussions about other joint projects, including research about using technology to support care, the benefits of companion pets, and training for doctors.

Will you help us to launch The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well?
We have half the finance to produce the first volume of articles. We want to engage with people and organisations who wish to join us in developing an inquisitive, optimistic approach to living well in older age.

We will, of course, acknowledge all supporters in the first publication and resulting publicity.

Please email for further information The Chair of the Whiteley Homes Trust: peter.wilkinson@whiteleyvillage.org.uk

Whiteley Village, Shangri – La Surrey according to The Daily Mail

According to The Daily Mail -Shangri-La is in Surrey!
Moving to a retirement village ‘adds years to a women’s life expectancy’

  • The picturesque retirement community of Whiteley Village has 11 centenarians 
  • The village, near Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, boosts women’s longevity
  • Social interaction and good healthcare are key to increased life expectancy

    Read the full article here.

WHITELEY VILLAGE RECEIVES £1.7M CHARITY DONATION FOR BUILDING OF MORE ALMSHOUSES

WHITELEY RETIREMENT VILLAGE RECEIVES £1.7M CHARITY DONATION BOOST FOR BUILDING OF MORE ALMS HOUSES

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2017 marks the centenary of Whiteley Village in Walton-on-Thames and this special year is off to a great start thanks to a charity donation of £1.75m from Richard Wyatt’s Trust, an almshouse trust based near Godalming, of which the Worshipful Company of Carpenters had been trustee for almost 400 years. This generous sum represented the final disposal of all funds held by Richard Wyatt’s Trust after the sale of its premises last year.

Run by Whiteley Homes Trust, Whiteley Village provides a vibrant retirement community to 500 people of limited financial means. The vital cash injection of £1.74m will help fund the building of an 62 additional almshouses in the village. The existing 262 almshouses are designed to enable independent living for the majority of Whiteley Village residents. For less-able residents there is also an assisted-living care centre of 51 apartments and there is also a nursing home on-site.

This generous donation will provide a massive boost for fund-raising efforts to build new alms houses at Whiteley Village in the next few years, and brings together the legacies of both Richard Wyatt, Master of The Carpenters’ Company, with that of William Whiteley, both of whom shared a passion for the provision of secure housing for poorer people in later life and created long-lasting legacies that continue to benefit society in 2017. In their day, both men were seen as visionary philanthropists providing care for older people, long before the creation of the UK’s state care system in the 1940s.

Chandra McGowan, Chief Executive of The Whiteley Homes Trust comments: “We are over-whelmed at the generosity of The Carpenters’ Company with this wonderful cash injection that enables us to build more homes and to continue offering the best possible accommodation for our residents. Whiteley Village is a unique place to live and age well and, there’s no doubt, its success comes from the incredible community spirit of the villagers and their passion for creating a deeply connected community that cares for each other and makes for a life full of social interactions and opportunities through the many clubs and activities in the village.”

The Richard Wyatt almshouses in Godalming date back to the seventeenth century when Richard Wyatt, a London timber merchant and Master of the Carpenters’ Company provided a fund in his will of 1619 to build the almshouses.

Media Enquiries: media@whiteleyvillage.org.uk

The Whiteley Village Care Home strikes gold for quality care

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Press Release – March 2016

 

The Whiteley Village Care Home strikes gold for quality care

The Care Centre at Whiteley Village is dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of its residents right up until the end of their lives, has been recognised with a major national award.

Whiteley Village Care Centre was among 80 homes from across the UK to achieve the success in winning a Quality Hallmark Award for the first, second or third time from the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end of life care. Staff from the home will receive the award from Karen Allen, Chief Executive of Skills for Care, at a special ceremony in Birmingham on 8 April.

Whiteley Village have commented that “We are absolutely delighted to receive our GSF re-accreditation with Commend status. Our team work hard to ensure that the older people in our care receive the best possible service and this award underpins all of the excellent teamwork and commitment that takes place at the home for the benefit of our residents”

To be accredited, homes must achieve 20 quality standards, ranging from leadership and support to dignity and respect as well as submit a portfolio of evidence.

GSF Quality Hallmark Awards are presented to homes that demonstrate real improvement in the quality of care they provide. Many halve the number of their residents dying in hospital as well as halving crisis hospital admissions, leading to greater satisfaction for families, residents and staff and significant cost savings for the NHS.

 Everyone in the home, ranging from nurses to the activities coordinator and catering staff, is involved in regular reviews with the residents. All aspects of their lives are considered including spiritual beliefs, personal interests and care preferences. Staff talk to the residents about their end of life care, giving them the opportunity to make decisions and say what they want. This has helped the residents and their families feel secure that they will be comfortable and their preferences considered at all times.

Professor Keri Thomas GSF Clinical Director, praised The Whiteley Village Care Centre and said that it was an exemplar for delivering the type of quality care people crave and deserve as they approach the end of their lives.

 Staff in homes like The Whiteley Village Care Centre are the drivers of a real transformation in care homes – delivering the personalised care people that make such a difference to care home residents and their families,” said Prof Thomas.

Almost 3,000 care homes have completed the GSF Care Homes programme since it was launched in 2004 and 600 have gone on to become accredited.

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Contact for media enquiries

Tom Tanner

Tanner King for National GSF Centre

020 7479 4235

07976 288636

tom.tanner@gsfcentre.co.uk

 The Gold Standards Framework gives outstanding training to all those providing end of life care to ensure better lives for people and recognised standards of care. The GSF Care Homes Training Programme started in 2004 and is the biggest and most comprehensive programme to improve care at the end of life.

Staff in accredited homes say GSF has helped them feel better equipped to deal with the challenging task of looking after patients until they die by providing a framework for identifying, and then planning and assessing the care of those people in the last years of life.

www.goldstandardsframework.co.uk

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Whiteley Village Volunteer Open Morning

Whiteley Village today held their very first ‘Volunteer Open Morning’ at the Village Hall. Members of the public and residents of the Village were able to enjoy a coffee, browse a selection of volunteering opportunities and talk to staff and existing volunteers about how they could become a Whiteley Village Volunteer.

IMG_1830Visitors who had never been to Whiteley Village were delighted to discover this beautiful and fascinating community and learn about the diverse range of opportunities available to them here.
Trish who’d come along with local Hersham resident Helen O’Key said “today was a real insight into what this village is all about and there is such a welcoming atmosphere”.
More than 30 people registered, showing a great deal of interest in roles such as befriending, dog walking, administrative and event roles. Also under consideration were gardening helpers for the many almshouse residents who would welcome both assistance with such tasks; and a friendly face to chat to.

IMG_1832 During the open morning the visitors were entertained with live music from volunteer violinist Malcolm Allison. The event was also supported by Voluntary Support North Surrey and Voluntary Action Elmbridge.
Ann Vallis, a resident of Whiteley Village said ‘Volunteering makes you feel very much part of the Village’.
The Village Historical Society were on hand to offer tours of the Village and visitors were able to take away a wide variety of information on roles available here.

For more information about volunteering opportunities contact Sue Lewin on 01932 842 360 or volunteers@whiteleyvillage.org.uk
Or visit the Volunteering area of the website

Skype for Seniors

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Skype For Seniors Pilot Day

A very successful Skype for Seniors Day was held in the Whiteley Village Boardroom on Tuesday 8th March. One to one sessions were held with Volunteer’s Jacqueline Reischel and Chickoo Manchanda throughout the day.

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Pictured: Vivienne Guichard (L), Chickoo Manchanda, Ann Gregory & Jacqueline Reischel (R)

Mrs Russell from Heather Walk was eager to return home and make contact with her family overseas. “They made it sound easy”. The sessions were an opportunity for Villagers to bring in their electronic devices and check that they had the necessary features to support a skype video call.

Ann Vallis from North Avenue found it very informative “I inherited this iPad from my 6 year old grandson and sadly it doesn’t have a builtin camera. I may now be looking for a new one as calling my son in Kuala Lumpur can be expensive and skype is free once you are on the internet. He would be very impressed with me if I manage it”

With such good feedback we will look to hold another clinic in the near future. Get in touch with Sue Lewin for more information on 01932 842360 or at susan.lewin@whiteleyvillage.org.uk