Cabinet Member goes back to the floor at the Woodville Centre

Release Date: 12 October 2017

Clients at the Woodville Centre had a new, temporary member of staff this week – Cllr David Marlow– helping them with lunch and general activities.

As part of a programme of members 'going back to the floor', Cllr Marlow, the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, spent half a day at the Woodville centre, helping out with activities throughout his visit. The visit coincided with the sixth birthday of the centre.

The Woodville Centre opened in October 2011.  It is specifically for residents who are 60 or over and have been diagnosed with moderate to severe dementia, or have high level care needs. It offers a range of innovative activities for people with dementia including; music therapy, flower arranging, cooking classes, computer training and creative arts. The centre also has a sensory garden and seasonal reminiscence room.

During the visit, Cllr Marlow was there to welcome the 35 daily visitors, serving them tea and coffee throughout the morning. He then assisted staff at the centre with their activity programme, including flower arranging and exercises. After this, he helped serve lunch and then joined a social event in the afternoon.

Following his visit, Cllr Marlow said:

“The Woodville Centre is a Dementia Centre of Excellence in Richmond upon Thames. It provides a very high level of care, stimulation and the facilities for those who need it most.

 “Dementia can be extremely debilitating and difficult to live with – not only for those individuals with the condition but also for those with caring responsibilities. However, there is a great deal that can be done to help people with dementia live a good life and support those who have caring responsibilities. Woodville is just one of those services.

“My visit was very enlightening. It showed me how important the staff are to helping support the clients. Yes, they all have a wealth of professional skill and experience but they also bring something that money cannot buy – they care passionately about the people they work with. 

“I was impressed with the services available at Woodville and the difference it makes to people’s lives.”

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Reference: P476/17

Updated: 23 October 2017