Support for older people

mental health support for older people

Do you want to maintain well-being, learn coping skills and have some friendly support?

We help people over 50 who are affected by anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, memory loss, confusion, dementia and other mental health issues. We also offer support to their carers.

It can be hard to take the first steps towards getting help and we understand this. Our staff aim to get to know individuals and their carers so we can ensure the support we offer is tailored to their specific needs.

Would you like to:

  • feel less isolated
  • gain confidence
  • learn coping skills
  • improve and maintain well-being
  • have some time for yourself

Yes, how can Mind help?

We give you:

  • support to explore and understand your own needs and what may help
  • advice, information, workshops and coping tips to help you manage your own mental health
  • friendly, relaxed, informal group and social activities including monthly events and outings
  • support from others and the chance to share experiences
  • day respite services.

Interested? Check out the opportunties in your area below.

Opportunities in Arun

If you're in Arun, please ring us on 07495 077341 and we will help find the right group for you.

Tea and chat

A friendly group for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, or facing social isolation. These groups run three times a week and are an opportunity to meet others in a friendly and relaxed environment. We take time to get to know you and look at how you can get the most from these sessions. You can also book one-to-one time with our experienced support staff. Sociable activities, chosen by individuals, are available during each group and you can choose how much or little you want to join in. We also encourage individuals to offer support to each other in the sessions and also to continue this outside of the group. There are also guest speakers and occasional trips and visits.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 3:30pm.

Where is it?
The Salvation Army Hub, Canada Grove, Bognor.

What does it cost?
£3.50 including lunch or £1.50 without lunch.

Forget Me Not

An informal monthly drop-in for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends. At these drop-ins we can offer advice, information and individual support. This is also an opportunity to meet other people affected by dementia in the local area in a relaxed and friendly setting. Sociable activities, chosen by individuals, are available during each drop-in and you can choose how much or little you want to join in.

When: Last Monday of the month from 10am to 12 noon.

Where is it?
Arundel Library, Surrey Street, Arundel. BN18 9DR

What does it cost?
Donations for refreshments.

Orchard Club

This is a small social group running weekly at our main service in Littlehampton for older people with mental health needs who are socially iscolated but would find our larger drop-ins harder to get to and manage. The group offers a home-cooked meal followed by sociable activities in a relaxed and friendly environment. Staff can also offer advice, information and one-to-one support. This group encourages peer support, helping people regain skills and confidence.

When: Wednesdays from 12 noon to 4pm.

Where is it?
CWSX Mind, Maltravers Drive, Littlehampton BN17 5EY

What does it cost?
£5 including lunch and afternoon tea.

Our Café

A drop-in for people experiencing early/moderate stages or dementia, memory loss, mild cognitive impairment or facing social isolation. Carers are also welcome.

This is an opportunity to take part in activities, socialise and gain support from others in a friendly and relaxed environment. During drop-ins we take time to get to know you and look at how you can get the most from these sessions. You can also book one-to-one time with our experienced support staff. Sociable activities, chosen by individuals, are available during each drop-in and you can choose how much or little you want to join in. 

Our experienced staff also provide advice, information and support to carers, family and friends. We spend time with carers and signpost to other services which may be able to help. Some respite may be available

When: Thursdays from 12 noon to 3.30pm.

Where is it?
Holy Cross Church Hall, North Bersted PO21 5AU

What does it cost?
£3.50.

Chestnuts’ Saturday Club

Support for people with early/moderate stage dementia, mild cognitive impairment or memory loss. A stimulating day in a relaxed, friendly environment where club members are offered a range of activities and interactions, helping them regain confidence and maintain a social life. Nutritious two-course lunch and refreshments. Carers benefit from a break which is important for their own well-being and quality of life. Taking some time off can also give them a chance to do something for themselves.

When: Saturdays from 10am to 3.30pm.

Where is it?
Chestnuts, London Road, Bognor PO21 1DE

What does it cost?
£65 per month

Opportunities in Chichester

If you're in Chichester, you are welcome to simply come along to any of the drop-ins.  Please call us on 07495 077298 for more information or to find out about our Saturday Club. 

Monday Drop-in 

A free drop-in for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, or facing social isolation. These drop-ins are an opportunity to meet others in a friendly and relaxed environment. During drop-ins we take time to get to know you and look at how you can get the most from these sessions. You can also book one-to-one time with our experienced support staff. Sociable activities, chosen by individuals, are available during each drop-in and you can choose how much or little you want to join in. We also run regular sessions and workshops on ways to maintain and improve well-being. 

When does it take place?
 Mondays, between 12noon and 4pm. 

Where is it?
The Boys' Club, Little London PO19 1PL

What does it cost?
FREE

Wednesday Drop-in

A drop-in for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, or facing social isolation. These drop-ins are an opportunity to meet others in a friendly and relaxed environment. During drop-ins we take time to get to know you and look at how you can get the most from these sessions. You can also book one to one time with our experienced support staff. Sociable activities, chosen by individuals, are available during each drop-in and you can choose how much or little you want to join in. We also run regular sessions and workshops on ways to maintain and improve well-being. 

We also have monthly Out and About, which supports people to access local community venues or attractions. This helps people remain active members or their community and provides them with new experiences or support to regain their independence, increasing confidence and self esteem. 

On the third Wednesday of each month we hold our friendly outreach activity session at Bracklesham Barn. Each month there is a different activity and the chance to socialise over a cup of tea.

When does it take place?
Wednesdays, between 12 noon and 4pm. 

Where is it?
The Boys' Club, Little London PO19 1PL

Every third Wednesday Bracklesham Barn

What does it cost?
£3.50.

Friday Drop-in

A drop-in for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, early/moderate stages or dementia, memory loss, mild cognitive impairment or facing social isolation.

This is an opportunity to take part in activities, socialise and gain support from others in a friendly and relaxed environment. During drop-ins we take time to get to know you and look at how you can get the most from these sessions. You can also book one-to-one time with our experienced support staff. Sociable activities, chosen by individuals, are available during each drop-in and you can choose how much or little you want to join in. We also run follow on sessions to maintain cognitive ability.

Our experienced staff also provide advice, information and support to their carers, family and friends. They spend time with carers and signpost to other services which may be able to help. Some respite may be available

When does it take place?
Fridays, between 12.30 and 3.30pm.

Where is it?
St Pancras Parish Hall, off Tozer Way PO19 7LJ

What does it cost?
£3.50.

Saturday Club

This is a weekly club for people with early/moderate stage dementia or memory loss which helps to maintain a social life and boost confidence and self esteem. During the day we offer a variety of stimulating activities in a relaxed and friendly environment. In the morning members are offered the opportunity to take part in physical activities such as ten pin bowling or hoopla. Afternoon activities are designed to stimulate thinking, creativity and memory, whilst promoting social interation.  All members have a balanced, nutritious two-course lunch and refreshments. Carers benefit from a five hour break where they can take some time for themselves which is important for their own well-being and quality of life. Staff spend time at the end of the day with carers to let them know how the day has gone and suggestions for activities that they may want to try at home. 

Please call us on 07495 077298 to book your place.

 

When does it take place?
Saturdays, between 10.30am and 3.30pm

Where is it?
Judith Adams Centre, 58a St Pancras PO19 7LS

What does it cost?
£65 per month. 

Opportunities in Midhurst

If you are in Midhurst and the local rural areas please ring us on 07474871899 and we will help find the right group for you.

We have staff working in Midhurst alongside our other services who have specialist expertise around supporting older people who have mental health problems including dementia and their carers.

On Tuesday Mornings a staff member is available to support older people accessing Rother Valley Together's service at The Grange. On Tuesday afternoons we support a range of sociable and well-being activities also run at The Grange which older people can also access with the support of our staff.

On Thursday mornings we regularly run Music for the Mind, which is a lively and fun session of singing and music.

From time to time we also offer outings and events called Friends In Mind, for example theatre trips, museum visits and tea dances. 

For all of these activities carers and cared for can join in together but we can also offer some respite opportunities for carers who are looking for a break.

Midhurst activity listings October - December 2017

When does it take place?
Every Tuesday, from 11am to 1pm

Where is it?
The Willow Room, The Grange Leisure Centre, Midhurst, GU29 9BD.

What does it cost?
Depends on activity

Social events in Midhurst

A varied programme of different social events through the year is organised. If you'd like to find out more, please contact Kim Bartlett on 07926 000949 or email kimberley.bartlett@coastalwestsussexmind.org.

 

Mental health support

"My wife, Sally, has Alzheimer’s and goes to the Saturday club each week and has a great time. Meanwhile, I have the chance to relax, catch up with friends over a coffee or do a bit of shopping. It is a wonderful service and gives me breathing space.”

- James Abbott

 

Support for carers

A key part of our services is the support we provide to carers. Whether you are caring for an older person with dementia or are the parent of a young person struggling with anxiety, you may want advice and support. We offer respite services, friendly relaxed group and social activities, tips on coping and the opportunity to get support through sharing experiences with others.

To find out more, please click the links for carers of older people or carers of young people

You can also find out about local carer support services, along with contact details, in our Useful information section.

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