25 July 2018

Unpaid carers who care for people with dementia are invited alongside the person they care for to attend new support and activity groups, taking place in Bexhill, Hailsham and Seaford.

Carers of people with dementia are also welcome to attend on their own.

The monthly Making Memories groups start this August, and are facilitated by a Carer Support Worker from Care for the Carers, a charity that supports unpaid carers across East Sussex.

“We know that for many carers looking after someone living with dementia, they are unable to attend our other carers groups because they cannot leave the person they care for alone. We hope that these groups will overcome that barrier by providing a social opportunity that both the carers and the people they care for can enjoy,” says Jo Egan, Director of Services at Care for the Carers.

Each group will offer a chance for carers to meet other carers of people with dementia, and have a chat and a coffee. A Carer Support Worker from Care for the Carers will attend each session, which will include various activities such as quizzes, music, and reminiscence sessions.

“The idea is for carers and people living with dementia to have an inclusive and safe space to come together, relax, and socialise in friendly company,” continues Jo.

Lea is an unpaid carer for her mother, who has dementia:

About dementia in East Sussex

Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford clinical commissioning group (EHS CCG) area is home to the highest number of people with dementia in the county, and also the highest estimated proportion of people with dementia, reflecting its larger elderly population than other parts of East Sussex.

The expected number of people living with dementia in East Sussex will have risen to 15,900 by 2030, slightly more than the current population of Uckfield.1

“We’ve created these particular dementia-friendly sessions for carers to help fill a gap in provision for carers in the areas in which the sessions will take place,” says Jo.

Christmas 2018 announcement! 

It's never too early to start planning for Christmas! Ena Pickle, one half of the fabulous Pinny Sisters will be entertaining our dementia carer group attendees with a good old fashioned sing along at each of its Christmas-time meetups.

Sing along with Ena at the Hailsham group on 28 November, the Bexhill group on 19 December and last but not least, in Seaford on, er, 10 January! Better late than never :)

Making Memories groups information:

Seaford

Date: 2nd Thursday of each month, 2pm-4pm. Starting 9 August.
Venue: St James Trust Community Centre, 11 Blatchington Road, Seaford, BN25 2AB.

Bexhill

Date: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2pm-4pm. Starting 15 August.
Venue: St Michaels and All Angels Community Hall, Glassenbury Drive, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 2NY.

Hailsham

Date: 4th Wednesday of the month, 2pm-4pm. Starting 26 September.
Venue: Day Centre, Bentley Grange, Binder Lane, (off Reef Way), Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1FA.

Carers please note:

  • The groups are for carers of people with dementia to attend alongside the person they care for. Carers are also welcome to attend on their own.
  • We ask for the carer to be responsible for the person they care for and any toileting needs they may have. Carers will need to stay for the session and not leave the person they care for during the session.
  • We also ask that the cared for person be settled and able to engage. If the person being cared for is at a more advanced stage of dementia and is likely to become agitated or is restless, then the group will not be suitable for them.

Source: 1. Data from East Sussex Dementia Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, Nov 2016.

Find out more about our other carers groups