Possible Closure of the Shawfield Day Centre
Guildford Borough Council (GBC) Community Services has proposed the Closure of the Shawfield Day Centre to day care services. Cllr Julia McShane (Executive Lead Councillor for Community and Housing, Westborough) has approved this public consultation seeking residents’ views on the proposal that these services within Ash should cease with all older peoples’ service provision being located at the Hive in Park Barn.
Some on social media have snubbed this consultation, suggesting it is biased towards closure and is being conducted without sufficient market research.
The distance between the existing local Ash facility and the Hive is approximately 8 miles by road and takes 20 minutes to commute. Whilst community transportation is proposed, the routes may be varied and take significantly longer than 20 minutes, reducing the time spent within the facility. If this proposal is approved, many are left in doubt at the future of The Shawfield Centre itself. Without ongoing investment, this local amenity may later be permanently closed to not only day centre visitors but private groups for hall hire.
All members of the public, whether they are regular users or not, are now encouraged to participate in this consultation, before this local facility is lost forever https://www.guildford.gov.uk/olderpeoplesurvey.
Existing Day Care Centres
The Shawfield Centre
The Shawfield Centre is available for private hire and currently offers a range of activities which is used by various groups at different times of the day, which is in addition to day care services.
- A programme of leisure and recreational activities
- Adult education
- Dining area (70 persons max)
- Kitchen and coffee bar
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Car parking
Weekly Social Events:
- Snowball Bingo
- Table Tennis
- Line Dancing
- Computer tuition/assistance
- New Age Kurling
- Scrabble group
- Zumba Gold
- Seated Extend Exercise
- Scrabble group
- Art Class
- Tai Chi
Reasons for Closure
In the consultation, the Shawfield Day Centre is stated as in need of “a significant upgrade” to meet GBC’s vision for Older People’s services. The day care services provided for older people at the Shawfield Centre day care service would merge into an Activity Hub at The Hive. Here intergenerational social services are planned to run 5 days a week alongside lunch provision. Community Transport would collect all customers from across the borough to the Activity Hub. A family coffee shop, hairdresser, podiatry service, community fridge and community wellbeing programmes are also planned to run from this centre.
The Guildford Borough Council (GBC) Lead Councillor for Community and Housing, Cllr Julia McShane, has approved this consultation to propose closing the Shawfield Day Centre service. There are two options:
- Option 1: To continue to operate two centres for older people’s provision in Guildford – The Hive and the Shawfield Centre, but with existing limited provision and services available to residents.
- Option 2: To close the Shawfield Centre to day care services for the elderly and combine provision at The Hive to provide more modernised, wider ranging activities and efficient services for all communities.
This consultation began on 20 September and closes on 31 October 2021 and is available to the wider public here https://www.guildford.gov.uk/olderpeoplesurvey.
If you would like to pass the survey to someone who is not online, please download copy here: Older People Services Consultation Questionnaire 20 September to 31 October and send the scanned or transcribed document to firstname.lastname@example.org. GBC has offered no postal address to send in paper forms.
A list of past and present GBC consultations can be found here https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/25059/View-past-and-present-consultations.
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