Review of community facilities seeks improvements for Teddington day centre and local charities

Release Date: 04 September 2017

Services for older residents in Teddington and two local charities for adults and children with disabilities could see improvements to their facilities, thanks to a review by Richmond Council.

As part of our ongoing commitment to support local services activity across the borough, the Council is reviewing current facilities used for community activities – looking at current buildings within its ownership and also the type of activities delivered.

The Council is looking at whether facilities and services are able to meet the needs of the local people now and in the future, whether they are accessible for all, are of a suitable, quality standard, and do they therefore offer value for money.

This follows on from the establishment of the Community Independent Living Service, a borough wide network of support, information and advice – both delivering and signposting services based in communities.

The Council is looking at options for developing this model further through a local community hub in Teddington as a venue where groups and organisations come together to offer support, information and advice.

The Council has held discussions with local service providers - Richmond AID, RUILS - and Elleray Hall to investigate the possibility of piloting this new model in Teddington.

Elleray Hall is a popular daytime social centre for older residents in Teddington – however, the building is old and not purpose built

Local Teddington charities RUILS and Richmond AID are local charities that support adults and children with disabilities. They provide information, support, advice, advocacy and activities.

The Council has appointed a consultancy firm to undertake a feasibility study and develop options for wider consultation with users of Elleray Hall, RUILS and Richmond AID, over the coming months.. The feasibility study will look at all options – at this stage no decisions have been made.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Joint Deputy Leader, Environment, Community and Business, said:

“This Council aims to put community at the heart of everything we do. We have a continued commitment to be a borough where the most vulnerable residents are supported and where possible, everyone can live independently in their own home.

“Activities provided in the community are vital to this ambition. Over the past few years we have worked hard to develop a partnership with the strong and vibrant voluntary and community organisations across the borough. It is important that these groups and organisations have the tools they need to provide the services that the borough needs in the future. This includes their facilities.

“Elleray Hall, RUILS and Richmond AID are vital local charities. However, for clients at Elleray their building is not fit for purpose and continuity of service is essential. We want to look at options for all three charities, together.

“I can promise that we will consider all the options alongside the three organisations and their clients and users. We have committed to all three that we want to ensure that they have suitable, sustainable facilities for the future, in Teddington.”

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Reference: P407/17

Updated: 2 October 2017