Case study: Redecoration of Templeton Dementia Centre, West London

Friday, 24 March 2017

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An exciting opportunity was presented to GVA early 2017 to help the Alzheimer’s Society transform one of their dementia care centres, Templeton in Northwood Hills, West London.

As with many UK charities, the Templeton Centre staff lacked the time, expertise and experience to maintain and improve their building. GVA were extremely keen to participate in this volunteering opportunity and relished the chance to use their property expertise to support GVA’s national charity partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society.

About the Templeton Dementia Centre

The Templeton Centre has been running in a converted part of the United Reformed Church for approximately twelve years. The Day Centre has been in existence since 1998; previously based in the grounds of a local orthopaedic hospital. Since the current centre has been in operation, they have had no re-decoration undertaken and the centre came close to being closed down until GVA were invited to help make a change.

On 9 Feb, GVA’s West-End Management team made a start at transforming the activity centre, brightening the walls to a cheerful yellow. This was then followed by Acuity team on 22 March who helped to refurbish the hallway and GVA’s Property Management team who worked on the lounge with clients. Finally, GVA’s Building team spent two days transforming the largest space of the centre, their main hall. Over the course of the two months, we had generous donations of furniture and crockery which the centre has been able to put to good use. Over the course of the project 48 GVA volunteers participated in the project and helped to transform and guarantee the centre is vibrant and remains open for business serving the local Northwood Hills community for many years to come.

Sue O’Brien, the service manager at Templeton centre shares a few words: ‘Before the decorating started, myself and my team had lots of worries over how we were going to keep the centre open and continue to run our day support service in its normal way, whilst the place was full of strangers with paint brushes! However, all the GVA teams that attended were marvellous, got on with their work and at times we hardly knew they were even here. Our service users and staff alike are extremely pleased with the results and the way it all went so smoothly. We have also had some lovely comments from people visiting the centre. You were all a great bunch of people!’

Why volunteering is important

Volunteering provides our staff with an outlet to provide practical help to our communities in need. It is very motivational and makes a real difference in our local communities and to our charity and environmental partners. As well as making people feel good, volunteering has a proven record of improving team work and unity within our business.

For further information about this volunteering day please contact Natasha Lee, Corporate Responsibility Assistant on 020 7911 2944 or email

Redecoration of Templeton Dementia Centre, West London