Wealden Dementia Action Alliance was set up in May 2016 to help make our district more dementia friendly and raise the awareness amongst our residents and businesses.
With a lot of local support from various community groups, volunteers, businesses and many more we now have 7 local dementia forums across the district all making a difference in their community and raising the awareness of dementia. If you would like to be part of the alliance meetings or a local forum please contact us on 01323 443266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some information on each of the forum areas and some information on the other great work that is going on in the community for our Wealden residents.
Watch our video for further information on how we are supporting Wealden Dementia Action Alliance video
Please also sign up to our Facebook page to get updates on the activities taking place across the district. We also have a weekly email which provides information on all of our forum meeting dates, current information and links to useful information. If you would like to sign up to this please email email@example.com
The next Dementia Action Alliance meeting will be confirmed for later in the year. Our June meeting has been cancelled, but we hope to have a new date for September 2020.
Our vision from the start was to set up local forums as Wealden is identified as a large and rural area. So far we have helped to create the Uckfield Forum, Polegate Forum, Crowborough Forum, Hailsham Forum and Wadhurst Forum. Ninfield also have a Health and Wellbeing group for local residents to take part in. With a new forum for Heathfield starting in 2020. These forums work alongside their local community to become a dementia friendly community.
Polegate dementia forum will be confirmed as soon as possible. Please contact the Community and Regeneraiton team if you would like be get involved on 01323 443266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Polegate Memory Cafe takes place the 1st Thursday of the month at Polegate Community Centre, Windsor Way, BN26 6QF. Everyone is welcome. The cafe is free with refreshments and an activity each month.
Sporting Memories groups are an opportunity for older sports fans to get together to talk sport. The group encourages participation and inclusion of all, including those living with memory problems. The aim is to promote physical and mental well being through reminiscing using sporting experiences of watching or playing – literally any sport! Thereby using sport as a means to try and combat loneliness and isolation, by giving the chance to boost confidence and make new friends. The groups meets every Wednesday 10am till 11.30am at Polegate Community Centre, Windsor Way, BN26 6QF
NEW Polegate film club – Date to be confirmed as soon as possible
The next Uckfield Dementia Forum meeting will be on Tuesday 7th July at Hurstwood View Care Home, Five Ash Down. We hope this meeting will run, please keep an eye on our website for information. Please contact the Community and Regeneration Team on 01323 443266 for more information if you would like to be involved.
Saturday Social is a supportive, safe and caring gathering for people living with dementia and other care needs, to come with their carers and family members, and socialise with others in a similar situation.
Join in the fun at Victoria Pavilion, Victoria Pleasure Ground, Uckfield, TN22 5DJ between 2pm – 4pm
For more information please call Margaret on 01825 760176 or Alison on 01825 605030
Five Ash Down Community Cafe takes place the last Wednesday of every month at Hurstwood View Care Home, Five Ash Down 10am – 12noon. Free transport available within a 5 mile radius. – POSTPONED WILL BE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN SOON
The next Crowborough Dementia forum meeting will be confirmed as soon as possible. Please contact the team on 01323 443266 for more information if you would like to be involved.
The Community Cafe: ON HOLD
Pine Grove Pictures – Dementia friendly film afternoons were due to begin in March 2020, but due to the current situation we have put the films on hold. The following dates have been booked in, please keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates:
- Tuesday 19th May – Calamity Jane – TBC
- Tuesday 28th July – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
- Tuesday 15th September – Top Hat
- Tuesday 15th December – White Christmas
All the films are FREE, doors will open at 1.30pm for the film to start at 2pm. Free refreshments all run by volunteers from Pine Grove Pictures. For more information email email@example.com or call 01892 653828
The next Hailsham dementia forum will be confirmed as soon as possible. The forum will work towards a dementia friendly town for Hailsham. If you are interested in dementia and helping the town please contact the team on 01323 443266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Movies Make Memories
The screenings will be held at Hailsham Pavilion Theatre on George Street, BN27 1AE. Starting at 2pm with the doors opening at 1.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and caers can enter free of charge.
- Friday 15th May 2020 – An American in Paris – CANCELLED
- Friday 17th July – A Star is Born – TBC
Hailsham Memory cafe
Takes place at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall in Hailsham. Everyone is welcome. It will take place every second Thursday of the month, 2pm – 4pm. For more information please call 01323 443266. The cafe is funded by Hart Reade Solicitors and supported by Home Instead and Bowes House, Hailsham Citizens Advice and CPJ Field.
Ninfield has a health and wellbeing group which is run by the Parish Council. This groups organises the Film screenings, Indoor games and Health Walks in the village.
Film screening dates:
- Friday 19th June – Mamma Mia!
- Friday 25th September – Brigadoon
- Friday 27th November – Scrooge
The films take place at Ninfield Memorial Hall, Ninfield, TN33 9EE. Doors open at 1.30pm, film to start at 2pm. The film is FREE but please book a seat. There will be a raffle and refreshments available.
For more information or to book your place at the next future film screening in Ninfield, please contact Jackie Langley on 01424 892422 or email email@example.com
The next Wadhurst Dementia forum will be confirmed as soon as possible at Wadhurst Manor. If you would like to come along and more information please contact us on 01323 443266
The Wadhurst Community Cafe takes place the last Wednesday of every month at Wadhurst Manor, Station Road, Wadhurst 2.30pm – 4.30pm. – ON HOLD AT THE MOMENT
The first forum date will be confirmed soon along with some new activities for the town.
If you would like be involved in the forum please call us on 01323 443266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Care for the Carers is an independent charity and the Carers Centre for East Sussex. We have been supporting and representing unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989.
Our team of staff and volunteers can provide free practical and emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. We can put you in touch with other carers, and help you navigate the range of services available locally. We also run support groups, training and events across the county – whether you are interested in speaking up on important issues, or having some time out to relax or meet new people.
Care for the Carers represents carers and raises awareness of caring, working with local communities, organisations and service providers to build a carer friendly East Sussex.
For more information visit the Care for the Carers website
Here is a list of all of the Care for the Carers Groups in East Sussex
Time for Dementia – Is a programme working with medical students and other health professionals. The students have the opportunity to get to know a person with dementia and their family carer outside the clinical setting. Families in the East Sussex area are needed to help with this programme further details including contact details can be found on the NHS Sussex Partnership website or view the Time for Dementia – Family recruitment video. If you are interested please email email@example.com
The DETERMIND project will look important questions about why care is unequal and what this means for people with dementia in terms of their health, level of comfort and happiness – or ‘quality of life’ – and the cost of their care. They aim to explore and understand the answers to these questions:
- What are the differences in dementia care and who gets worse or better care?
- What aspects of dementia care lead to good and bad quality of life outcomes?
- How are outcomes for people with dementia affected by the cost of their care, when they are diagnosed, the amount of health or social care they get, and their life circumstances?
These answers will help improve care for people with dementia and their carers. By improving care we hope to improve quality of life outcomes as well.
For more information, or would like to be involved please visit their website – DETERMIND
DEEP Groups –
Side by Side – Is a service provided by the Alzheimer’s society that helps people get our and about with the support of a volunteer. There are several people with dementia in the Wealden area waiting for a volunteer to meet with them once a week or fortnight so they can go out and enjoy themselves. You could take them out for a coffee or a walk, or go to the pub to play darts or help someone play the guitar. If you are interested please contact Debbie Griffiths, Side by Side coordinator at 07484 089582 or Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Alzheimer’s website
If you are part of a business and would like to know more about how to make your business more dementia friendly, download our Make your business dementia friendly
The Alzheimer’s society website also has a lot of information and resources for you to use to help your business becoming more dementia friendly.
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams. Take a look at their website for more information and how you can get involved.
If you or you know someone who has been scammed please contact Citizens Advice Consumer service – 03454 04 05 06
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in which is linked with Sussex Police
It contains a list of information to help the police if the person goes missing, including:
- medication required
- mobile numbers
- places previously located
- a recent photograph
Keeping a completed form saves the worry of trying to recall the information during the stressful time of someone going missing. It also saves time for the police, allowing the search to start sooner.
The initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. He died whilst ‘missing’, trying to find his childhood home