Supporting the Westway Centre
Tandridge District Council is working with the Westway Centre to help it secure essential additional funding over the coming year.
The Council has provided funding and support for the operating costs of the charity since October 2019, when the Westway charity was first set up. The charity’s aim was to find additional ways of generating income to become self-sufficient. This has been difficult due to the pandemic and more recently the significant increases in energy and other costs.
To provide additional support the Council has changed the terms of the long-term lease to add more flexibility and security, while the charity sources further income to secure its future. The Council has also been able to source another grant to help with costs.
While the centre has managed to secure some smaller funding bids, it needs more support from a wider range of stakeholders to contribute to the running costs of the centre.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Catherine Sayer, said: "The Westway is a wonderful and much valued community asset and the Council is totally committed to do all we can to ensure its survival. The centre plays a crucial role in providing health and social care support, likely to become all the more needed as the cost-of-living crisis bites. As well as taking action ourselves to underpin the centre's future and liaising with the Trustees, we are working with our partners in health and with Surrey County Council, as adult social care provider, to secure funding from them to help give the centre a sustainable long-term future."