About The Westway
Who we are
The Westway, a Community & Wellbeing Centre is a community hub providing wellbeing services and leisure activities to the residents of North Tandridge and surrounding areas. Located in Caterham, the Centre hosts a number of local community groups and is run by a local CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organization) in Caterham.
Other services we offer
As part of The Westway Community and Wellbeing Centre, we offer an Outreach programme, contact us if you need help arranging hot meals, home repairs, food or toiletry packs supported travel or applications for grants or benefits.
We aim to offer practical help and support where we can or signpost you to appropriate services.
The History of The Westway
The Westway building, originally named The Douglas Brunton Centre, was officially opened in 1986 by Tandridge District Council and the District Health Authority at a cost of £405,000. 2017/2018 saw a drop off in attendance and a rise in costs and it looked like the centre might close. That was until a group of local people got together and petitioned the Council with a clear message. “Let us run it!”
Committees were gathered, surveys undertaken, and a solid partnership with the Council formed – The Westway was born!
Our first trustees were elected: Lesley Dodd (Pam Douce’s daughter) found herself co-opted alongside councillors Chris Botten, Jeremy Webster and John Orrick and in October 2019 the centre was re-opened. We proudly received our charity number on 1st October 2019.
In late 2020, North Tandridge Primary Care Network asked us at short notice, if we could host a vaccination centre. We were one of the first centres to open in the UK in December 2020. The centre continued this role for a year, with the last day being 12th December 2021. With the combined professionalism of our NHS friends and dedication of an army of volunteers we administered 67,100 COVID vaccines and 8,500 Flu vaccines.
Thank you to everyone who had the vision, enthusiasm and belief that a community- led centre was possible – and for your hard work ever since.