Remembrance Service 2018


East Grinstead recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community

2 October 2018

East Grinstead has been officially recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community by the Alzheimers Society.

The recognition is actually that the town is Working to Become Dementia Friendly as there are always new businesses and always ways to improve. However to be recognised the Town has had to show that it has taken steps and has a plan to do more.

Stickers like the one shown will be issued to the 28 members of the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) for display at their place of business, but will say 2018-2019 and run through to the end of 2019. To be re-accredited for 2020 the business or organisation will need to update their action plan and comment on the success of their previous plan.

Councillor Julie Mockford Chairman of the Town Council Public Services Committee who receive reports on the work of the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance was really pleased with the news “The DAA have worked really hard to get this initiative to take off in East Grinstead, there is so much more that can be done but we are thrilled that East Grinstead has been recognised as a Town that is working towards helping those who are living with Dementia”

Julie Holden Chairman of the East Grinstead DAA said “So many people have contributed to this, and the community has really responded, we will continue with awareness and signing groups and businesses up to the process to make sure that we retain this accreditation, I am particularly grateful to the steering group members who are working so hard to spread the word”

Any business or organisation that wants to sign up can contact the DAA at

Dementia Action Week

23 May 2018

East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance Wellbeing Day

29 September 2017

The EGDAA will be attending a wellbeing day aimed at persons over 55 on Friday 20th October between 10am – 3pm at Chequer Mead Arts and Community Centre on De La Warr Road, East Grinstead.

The day has been organised by the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team and is aimed at providing information to older residents about staying fit and well later in life. There are free health checks and assessments and people to talk to about services available.   One area where people can be affected as they get older is dementia and the EGDAA will be at the event to help raise awareness.

The East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) aims to make East Grinstead a Dementia Friendly Community so that we are able to help those diagnosed to live well for as long as possible.

Dementia affects over 2,000 people aged over 65 in the Mid Sussex area,  That is about 1:15 of people over 65 years of age.   Two thirds of people with dementia live at home and we are keen to ensure that while they can live at home they have as independent a life as possible.  This means that where we can make small differences in our approach to people as customers, patients, fellow public transport users, someone queuing in a shop we should. A little patience and understanding goes a long way.

Come along and talk to the DAA at the event, we can tell you where groups meet to help support people with dementia and people who have loved ones with dementia. We can tell you how your business can help support people with dementia and how you can help to spread the word.    We can arrange free sessions on dementia awareness for your group, family or friends.

You can find out more by contacting the East Grinstead DAA at the event or at the following website

Dementia events in Haywards Heath

The following dementia events being organised in Haywards Heath but open to all.

Services available outside East Grinstead – Dementia Appliance Haywards Heath

Services available outside East Grinstead – Memory Cafe Haywards Heath

Melody for the Mind

18 September 2017

A guide for MPs and councillors to create dementia-friendly communities in England

6 September 2017

East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance

27 April 2017

A new leaflet is available to signpost services for persons with Dementia in East Grinstead.

The leaflet can be downloaded below, will be available at various outlets in the town and will be given out at the May Fair on Monday 1st May.

Download the full leaflet here

Dementia Friendly Pool Party

2 September 2016