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Self-Care Week Community Information Event

30 September 2019

Thanks for the memory… with the Conchord Big Band

24 September 2019

A Short Break for you and the person you care for

25 January 2019

There is a short break taking place at Roffey Park near Horsham, over the weekend of 30th and 31st March. The break is for someone diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65 but the person can be older than that. One family carer is also invited to accompany the person they care for if they wish.

The aim of the Short Break is for the person with dementia to be able to have time away in a ‘non-institutional’ setting with things to do that meet the needs of someone younger, and for the carer to have a break from their caring role. There will be opportunities for carers to take part in activities on their own or to share with the person they care for. The person with dementia will receive full care and support during their stay from Crossroads Care South Central.

Are you a family or friend caring for someone of any age diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65?  Do you want time out from your caring role?  Then you may be interested in joining us for a Short Break.

Who is the Short Break for?
The Short Break is aimed at people who have received a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65 and their family or friend carer.  The person living with dementia can be older than 65.

When is it taking place?
From the morning of Saturday the 30th March 2019 through to the afternoon of Sunday the 31st March 2019.  (As the 31st March is Mothering Sunday, the afternoon session will end early to give people time to spend with their families.)

Where is it taking place?
Roffey Park Institute, Forest Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 4TB

What can I expect?
The Short Break includes one overnight stay in an en-suite room. All meals including coffee and tea are provided on both days.

Round the clock support throughout the Short Break will be provided by Crossroads Care South Central.  Crossroads Care South Central is registered and regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and all staff are fully trained and have a wealth of experience in caring and supporting people with different needs including people with dementia.

There will be support to take part in indoor and outdoor activities including art sessions, games, swimming, walking, cooking, etc. The weekend will be further supported by a number of community providers including Carers Support West Sussex and British Red Cross.

What is the cost?
The cost is £95 per person.  There will be a small charge for some complimentary therapies if required and drinks at the bar.

Where can I find out more information?

Please contact either:
Lisa French or Jo Brownell at Crossroads Care South Central, Tel: 01903 790270
Irene Loft, West Sussex County Council, Tel: 033 022 23793 or
Mobile: 0776 425 3569 or Email:

Time for Dementia

6 January 2019


Traditionally, medical students and other health professionals have gained experience with various patient groups through multiple, short term placements during their undergraduate training. However, there are concerns that this style of training does not best promote the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to care for people who often have multiple long term health problems, including people with a diagnosis of dementia.

In light of this, we have developed the Time for Dementia Programme. In this programme students are given the unique opportunity of getting to know a person with dementia and a family carer, outside the clinical setting. This has been incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum of medical students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and nursing, paramedic and mental health students at the University of Surrey. The programme has now expanded to University of Brighton, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.

What does it involve?

If you agree to take part in the Time for Dementia programme, you will be paired with two students. You will hear from one of our universities with the details of your students, the students will then contact you to organise a visit, in your home, at a time convenient for you. During these visits, students will discuss what it is like to live with dementia. It is expected that these visits shall last no longer than 2 hours. The same two students will visit up to 6 times over a two year period.

You can withdraw from the Time for Dementia Programme at any time. Apart from the time involved in the visits you will have no other responsibilities. We will keep in touch with you throughout the programme to let you know of any events should you wish to get involved.

The programme is also continually evaluated to understand how we can improve things, but also evaluating the programmes impact on the knowledge and understanding of the students, and you will be given the opportunity to take part in this evaluation. If you are interested in taking part, we will give you some information, and a member of the research team will contact you to tell you more about it.

What do the students want to learn?

Students will visit you to learn more about what it is like to live with a diagnosis of dementia or to care for someone with a diagnosis of dementia. Students will be asked to create a report about their experiences during the visits, which will be anonymous. This is purely a learning exercise designed to assess the students’ observational and writing skills, and as such the only person to see it will be the person who marks it. Students will not be able to give you any medical advice or care.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Through your participation in the Time for Dementia Programme you will help us to provide students with a long term experience of what it is like to live with dementia. Sharing your experiences may influence the way they work with people affected by dementia in the future.

What if there is a problem?

If you have any concerns at all about being involved, you can contact us at any time. If a visit needs to be cancelled for any reason someone will let you know as soon as possible.
If you no longer want to be take part you can withdraw by simply letting us know. If you experience any problems with a particular student, we will either raise your concerns with the student in question or look to pair you with another student.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the Time for Dementia Programme please contact:

Philippa Charlton Surrey 07483 926 202
Natasha Shutte West Sussex 07525 597 503
Rachael Ross East Sussex 07483 137 539
Laura Pack-Hagan West Kent 07763 582 643
Joseph O’Toole East Kent 07710 381 546
Lauren Merrison Project Manager 07713 779 582


Twitter: @Time4Dementia

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