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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

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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.

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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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 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.


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
Or visit the Volunteering area of the website

Skype for Seniors


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

Skype for Seniors: Connect, Care, Create

Skype for Seniors:  Connect, Care, Create
Jacqueline Reischel

Whiteley Village chosen to pilot exclusive new community initiative

I am a retired grandmother living in Surrey. My daughter and her family moved to Canada and I was heartbroken to see them go and then also miss my grandson’s first birthday. Fortunately, I was able to watch him open my gifts, eat his cake and enjoy his special day – all through the wonders of Skype.
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The Whiteley Homes Trust to hold inaugural open meeting

The Whiteley Homes Trust – Open Meeting Notice
Date: Tuesday 13th October 2015, Time: 2pm
Venue: The Village Hall, Whiteley Village

We are holding our very first Open Meeting of the Whiteley Homes Trust. It will be a chance to reflect on the progress of the Trust in the last year and to hear about plans for 2016 and beyond. There will also be time for questions.

The Board of Trustees and the Leadership Team will be present and everyone is welcome.

If you would like to attend please call 01932 842360 or email

We look forward to seeing you there.

Whiteley’s Second Golf Day a ‘Magnificent Success’

The second charity golf day held in aid of The Whiteley Homes Trust, has been pronounced a “magnificent success”, after raising more than £7,400 for the charity, this eclipses the £6,000 raised in 2013.

Twenty teams of four – including The Carpenters’ Company, The Worshipful Company of Actuaries, QuickLogic, KWM, Lodge Brothers, Barnett Waddingham LLP, MHA Consultants, Esher Probus, St Georges’ Hill residents, GMGS, Caterplus and Whiteley Village Golf Club team – teed off to a Shotgun Start over the famous Old Course at Burhill Golf Club last Monday.

Professor Mark Britton, Trustee and Chair of the Fundraising Committee, hosted the event at Burhill, which shares a long history – and a long boundary fence – with Whiteley Village itself. Prof Britton said, “We are enormously grateful to all the business and individuals who supported this marvellous day. We received so many generous donations, sponsorship, auction items and raffle prizes that I cannot begin to thank all the donors.” Continue reading