The charity has forged strong links with other organisations over the years and although it does not provide direct advice, it is able to direct residents to the best organisations to deal with their enquiries, such as education, debt management, welfare and benefits entitlement, charitable funding, health and well being, Army pensions and furniture matters, along with many others.
Guinness Northern Counties (GNC) and the Westfield charity work together to organise information days, consultations, etc, to keep residents advised of changes and issues regarding their tenancies. Local neighbourhood officers also attend regularly to deal with village issues and ensure that the attractive appearance and high standards of the community are maintained. A full-time gardener is employed by GNC to look after all communal areas, as well as an estate assistant. A ‘drop in’ session is held weekly by GNC in the Westfield community room where residents can get advice regarding many issues and access to many other organisations.
Westfield village is ideally situated close to the historic centre of Lancaster and all the normal facilities associated with a thriving and culturally vibrant city centre. It is a three-minute walk to the train station, an eight-minute walk to the town centre and has very good bus routes to Lancaster, the seaside town of Morecambe and other attractive neighbouring towns.
The village is close to good local facilities and is served by two local shops, a Spar, two fish and chip shops and a laundry that is within short walking distance. There is even a cycle path leading directly to two local supermarkets.
We are served by an excellent bus service with bus stops situated just outside the village gates. Buses usually run every 20 minutes. There is also a direct bus route to Lancaster University and Heysham.
Again, being close to the town centre means you are very close to amenities such as several doctors, dentists, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and other medical facilities, museums, markets, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.