Abbeyfield Southern Oaks is a not for profit organisation. We are affiliated to The Abbeyfield Society, but are independent and run our own affairs.
Regulator: Housing Corporation H1185
Registered Office: The Old House, Epsom Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1JZ
Registered Charity Number 247308
The company, which is limited by guarantee, is registered in England and Wales at the above address (registration number 734705)
Visit by new national Chairman
On Monday 19 January, the Society engaged with the new national chairman, Ian Plaistowe, on a full day’s line up of challenging topics. Ian was able to visit three of our houses, meet the residents in two of them, meet all four house chairmen, two of our house managers and some of our relief staff, most of our West street staff, and the majority of our Trustees.
We started the day at Old House with our operational management team, where Gaynor Cavanagh summarized her perspectives of the strengths and weaknesses of our current operating model and described the work in hand to make the model more sustainable in the medium to longer term.
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Two sessions were devoted to a site visit, and briefings by members of our Development Team regarding the hurdles that had had to be overcome in order to secure planning permission (awarded the previous week). We also explained our vision for the future development of Abbeyfield in Surrey. We highlighted many key issues of relevance to other Abbeyfields attempting to navigate such a development path.
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Ian enjoyed two interesting sessions with some of our residents. He had lunch with York Road’s residents, and this was followed by a discussion of “Spirituality”, for which our residents were joined by various other staff-
After his visit, Ian’s written thanks included “Thanks are due from me to you for having organised such an stimulating day. I found it all very interesting and enjoyable. You put in a lot of work to arrange the visit and I came away with a very positive impression. ………… I think you should all be proud of what you have achieved in planning your development and in your recent merger. You have provided an excellent example of how to advance Abbeyfield.”
Hopefully his visit will put him in a frame of mind where he can support our forthcoming application for development finance! Thanks are due to a large number of you for what each of you did individually and collectively to make this a successful visit.