Committee to consider options for Douglas Brunton Centre and Meals on Wheels service

The Housing Committee on 21 June will consider future options for the Douglas Brunton Centre (DBC) in Caterham, including leasing a large part of the building to St Catherine’s Hospice which is planning to offer additional services to the community. In recent years the number of members attending the DBC has steadily declined due to a much wider range of services and choices available elsewhere.

Some services, such as those provided by Surrey Choices, Age UK and East Surrey Dial-a-Ride, as well as the Men in Sheds project, would continue. The Council will work with local groups which provide services such as lunch clubs, exercise groups and arts and crafts groups, to see where current members can access these locally. Having a local base will allow St Catherine’s Hospice to offer additional services for their patients in the area. 

The committee will also consider alternative providers to the in-house Meals on Wheels service to increase the resilience of the service and provide more space for St Catherine’s Hospice. The Council will work closely with current Meals on Wheels clients to discuss an individual plan to ensure their ongoing needs are met and to offer support. 

Both parties are keen to work together and will continue to explore options, so no changes to services at the DBC are expected until the end of the year.

Councillor Nick Childs, Chair of the Housing Committee, said: “The Douglas Brunton Centre has been a vital part of the community for 30 years. By opening discussions about the centre and our Meals on Wheels service we will make sure we continue to run vital services in the most efficient way. Exploring options for more partnership working with other organisations will enable us to continue the important work of supporting our most vulnerable residents and expanding the range of services which are offered locally to our residents.”

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