The Housing Committee agreed to a consultation about the services currently provided at the Douglas Brunton Centre (DBC). The aim of the consultation is to look at the responses and work with partners to identify opportunities to improve or provide services in a different and potentially more sustainable way.

The Council will consult with a broad range of stakeholders, from the Centre’s users, churches, leisure providers, local groups, social care and health providers and Caterham on the Hill Parish Council. Tandridge Voluntary Action and St Catherine’s Hospice are also keen to be involved in the consultation.

Any opportunities for partnership working will also be explored to provide services which benefit all older people, including those who do not currently use the centre. Particular consideration will be given to the needs of the more vulnerable members so they keep their independence and do not become socially isolated.

Councillor Nick Childs, Chair of the Housing Committee, said “We are interested to hear what the users of the DBC, local organisations, churches and the voluntary sector have to say about the Centre and the provision of services. We encourage all users of the DBC to take part, as the feedback we receive will enable us to find the best solution for the whole community.”