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.

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The Villager Magazine – March 2017

I am writing this piece on a Sunday morning, watching the birds in the garden preparing nests and gathering food. It certainly means that spring is on its way! It’s also a reminder of the natural rhythms of the world in which we live and how we share experiences, such as the changing of the seasons, whatever our circumstances.

The research we launched with the Cass Business School last month has also brought about a change in which we can all share. The awareness that Whiteley is a special place and has profound effects on people’s lives, particularly in terms of living longer is no longer our own secret belief, but a proven fact. Our resident’s surveys in both 2015 and 2016 were indicators that between 70 – 75% of people living here felt that we had something to share about life here that would be of benefit to others. We have now started to do this through the Cass research. Though we don’t yet know how this important information might help more older people we are sure that the rhythms of life at Whiteley will continue far beyond the initial flurry of outside interest and may also offer opportunities as yet unforeseen for renewal and growth , just as the changing seasons.

Our thanks go to everyone who has helped us by talking so positively about life at Whiteley now and to those who have gone before, who set the foundations for the ethos of the community in which we all share such pleasure today.

Chandra McGowan, CEO

 

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

The Retirement Village where women are living longer than everyone else!

Independent: “The retirement village where women are living years longer than everyone else!”
Women in a Surrey retirement village are living years longer than even the wealthiest who live elsewhere, new research has found.

Read the full article by the Independent here.

Long Live Whiteley – The Daily Express

Long live Whiteley: The Daily Express
Inside the village where 11 people have hit the 100 mark!

Read the full article by The Daily Express here.

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.

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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.

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The Villager Magazine – February 2017

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The Villager Magazine – February 2017
Welcome to February

Welcome to February – a significant month for the Trust and for the magazine I hope too. I understand a number of Villagers have come forward to actively participate in the planning and editing of the magazine, for which we are very grateful. I believe they will start to get this new process underway during February and you will begin to see some differences next month. The plan to involve people more directly in the make-up, look and feel of the magazine has come directly from discussions at the Care partnership forum, where members of that group discussed how the information that everyone needs about the support services could be improved.
I am sure the new “team” will look forward to your support as they get to grips with the style, content and timing of the magazine. I trust this means that more of you will feel that it is reflecting the views of the Village rather than the Trust and I would welcome your feedback on that after our next edition in March.

Chandra McGowan, CEO