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Dementia-Friendly Sussex: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia is commonly found in our elderly population and can be one of the most isolating conditions to have to live with. Whether you are living with dementia or caring for somebody with it, you can find that simple, everyday tasks such as shopping can be overwhelming and things you loved to do in the past like a meal out or a trip to the theatre have become more difficult.

Age Space has collated dementia-friendly initiatives from across Sussex on this page to help you and your relatives to continue getting the most out of life.

We also recommend that you download Age Space’s free and comprehensive Caring for Someone with Dementia Guide to help with some of the more practical aspects of dementia care.

Dementia & Memory Cafés in Sussex

Dementia Cafés, often referred to as Memory Cafés, are one of the most common places for those with dementia and their carers to get out of the house, socialise and enjoy a hot drink and biscuits. They can be incredibly valuable for allowing people to chat about their experiences and share advice in a warm and friendly environment. Below, you can find a list of a range of Dementia Cafés that run across Sussex.

Memory & Dementia Cafes in Sussex

Alzheimer's Society Dementia Cafés

Crawley
  • When? Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Where? Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Road, Crawley, RH11 7HJ
  • Telephone: 01403 213017
  • Email: [email protected]
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Midhurst
  • When? Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Where? Fitzcane Cafe, Fitzcanes, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DJ
  • Telephone: 01403 213017
  • Email: [email protected]
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Daisy's House Tangmere

  • When? Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Where? Sage House, City Fields Way Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2FP
  • Telephone: 01243 888691
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The East Sussex Dementia Café

The Ivy Dementia Centre, Hailsham
  • When? Every Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Where? The Ivy Dementia Centre, Lime Cross Nursery, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 4RS
  • Telephone: 01323 431 801
  • Email: [email protected]
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The Hellingly Hub, Hellingly
  • When? Every last Monday of the month, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Where? The Hellingly Hub, Hellingly, BN27 4EP
  • Telephone: 01323 431 801
  • Email: [email protected]
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St. Vincent's Centre, Brighton

  • When? Every last Monday of the month, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Where? St Vincent's Centre Brighton (Tower House), 265-267 Towergate, London Road, Brighton, BN1 6WT
  • Telephone: 0127 354 9604
  • Email: [email protected]
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Dementia Friendly Activity Groups in Sussex

Dementia Friendly Activities at Sage House, Tangmere

Sage House, in Tangmere, is a bespoke, modern and functional community hub where local Dementia Support services are brought together under one roof. They provide support, information, advice and activities for those living with Dementia and their families.

Their Wayfinding Service allows everyone entering Sage House to talk to a professional for essential, one-to-one support and advice. A familiar and friendly face will always be available to support people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers.

​They also offer a whole host of therapeutic and cognitive activities such as painting, skittles, bingo, chairobics and reminiscence sessions. Their activity programmes run every weekday and you can find more details on the current schedule by visiting their website, or getting in touch using the details provided below.

Engage & Create

Engage & Create is a not-for-profit organisation in Brighton that aims to reach to people with dementia and improve their quality of life through discussions about art. Their ‘Ignite Sessions’ give people with dementia the chance to engage in intellectual discussions in a safe and dementia friendly environment. You can find out more about Ignite Sessions, as well as how to book them, here.

They also provide training programmes to help other organisations become more dementia friendly and offer virtual-reality ‘pop-up dementia experiences’ to those without dementia so they can put themselves in the shoes of someone who does.

Dementia Friendly Exercise Groups in Sussex

Freedom Leisure - Dementia Friendly Swimming (Arun Leisure Centre & Littlehampton Wave)

Freedom Leisure offer relaxed, gentle and inclusive swimming sessions for those with dementia in a safe, supportive and friendly environment. Swimming is proven have benefits of reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological wellbeing.

These sessions are suitable for anyone with dementia, memory loss, or other non-visible disabilities to attend together with carers. For more information on schedules and prices, you can get in touch or visit their website through the details below.

  • Telephone (Arun Leisure Centre): 01243 826612
  • Telephone (Littlehampton Wave): 01903 725451
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Stay Active Dementia Respite - Abbeyfield Ferring, Worthing

Abbeyfield Ferring care home run their Stay Active dementia respite service to offer those living with dementia the chance to enjoy being sociable and active, as well as giving carers respite.

Stay Active sessions are lively and stimulating for people with a relatively early diagnosis who like to have fun in the company of others and appreciate getting out and about. The small groups include a minibus pick-up and drop-off from their home, refreshments and lunch.

Sussex Dementia Friendly Exercise Groups

The service is run twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information and to access the service, you can call Abbeyfield Ferring on 01903 896880.

  • Telephone: 01903 896880
  • Address: Abbeyfield Ferring, 50 Ferring Street, Ferring, Worthing, BN12 5JP
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Dementia Friendly Entertainment in Sussex

Dementia Friendly Cinema Screenings

Dementia Friendly cinema screenings are showings of new releases and classic films in a more relaxed and supportive environment for those living with dementia to enjoy. They are often run at a discounted price without trailers and provide an intermission and refreshments.

There are several cinemas across Sussex that offer Dementia Friendly Cinema Screenings. You can visit their websites below for further information on upcoming showings.

Cinema Discounts for the Elderly - Suffolk
Depot, Lewes
The Capitol, Horsham
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
Heather View Care Home - Dementia Friendly Cinema Club

Heather View Care Home show classic ‘feel good’ films for people living with dementia and their carers out of their home’s cinema, providing a safe and social environment for people living with dementia. You will need to reserve your place at the event prior to turning up through their website.

  • When? Third Wednesday of the month, 2:00pm
  • Address: Heather View, Beacon Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1AS
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Sussex Dementia Action Alliances

Dementia Action Alliances are structures for organisations across England to connect, take action on dementia and work together to build Dementia Friendly Communities. The areas that Dementia Action Alliance focusses on are different across the country, as chosen by the local community.

There are several of these set up across Sussex to aid the county in being more accessible for those with dementia. Visit the Dementia Action Alliance website to find your local alliance and see more information about their partners and the schemes that they’re working on.

Dementia Action Alliance Partners in the South East

Below, you can find a list of just some of the partners of Dementia Action Alliance that are operating in the Sussex and the South East of England. You can click on them to find out about their work.

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