Dementia Hub at South Farm Road to close

As many of you are aware we are coming to the end of our current lottery funding and are still awaiting news of any future funding.

With this in mind we have decided to not renew our lease at the Dementia Hub in South Farm Road and move our hub and services to Beehive Care in Ferring.

Worthing Dementia Hub to move to Beehive Care, Ferring

This is an exciting time for us and a fantastic opportunity to have all our services under one roof which will hopefully make us more sustainable for future funding.

It will take the Dementia Hub and the Beehive team a couple of weeks to get things moved and organised so we hope you understand the need for us to close D-Café and some of our clinics temporarily.

The Worthing Dementia Hub 127 South Farm Road will close permanently on Thursday 4th April at 3pm

D-Café at Beehive Care will temporarily close on Friday 12th April at 2pm.

We aim to have all our groups, clinics, drop in’s and D-Café back up and running from 1st May 2024 at Beehive Care in Ferring.

Keep an eye on our social media pages and this website for updates.

Lynsey and Helen will be available to answer any questions up until the 4th April. After this time we are going to be very busy with the move so will only have limited access to our phones and emails.


More Dementia Café services in Ferring

Additional D-Café services in Ferring thanks to the National Lottery Community Organisations Fund

We received £15,368 from the National Lottery Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund to increase our D-Café (dementia cafe) services at Beehive Care in Ferring. This has enabled us to offer some Saturday drop-in services and light breakfasts on selected dates in February and March.

This means that we can offer these services free of charge to people affected by dementia and their families on the following dates:

Saturdays 10th and 24th February; 9th and 23rd of March 2024 from 10am to 1pm.

Tuesday breakfasts (fruit juice, hot drinks, pastries and fruit) on 13th and 27th February; 12th and 26th March from 8.30am to 10am.

Staff will be on hand at Beehive Care, 10 Ferring Street, Ferring, to support anyone needing help and advice.

For other drop-in and scheduled events for people with dementia and their carers, please visit our calendar.


Important notice re NHS and services for people with dementia

NHS reduced dementia services for Jan-March 2024!

We have been informed that the NHS across Sussex has put in place plans to ‘protect patient safety, prioritise urgent and emergency care and achieve financial balance’ during this busy winter period (Jan 2024- March 2024).

They have taken the decision to temporarily change and reduce some services to allow staff to be redeployed to other services. The Sussex Partnership has made the difficult decision to reduce the Memory Assessment and Dementia Services provided in West Sussex and in High Weald, Lewes and Havens in East Sussex, from January 2024 until end March 2024. They are also planning to reduce the number of dementia beds across Sussex from 50 to 40 and will be working with families and carers to find alternative care for patients ready for discharge from hospitals.

Memory assessment and dementia services 

Please be assured they will continue to see patients who have started their treatment and assessment programme and remain open to referrals. 

During the period of temporary redeployment, we will not be able to see new patients and support them as soon as we would like. 

If you do not hear from the Sussex Partnership Trust, please continue to attend your appointment as planned.

Services at the Worthing Dementia Hub

The Worthing Dementia Hub offers dementia support and advice services at 127 South Farm Road, Worthing, BN14 7AX.

Full details of these services are our events calendar and any updates will be made there, so please use below for a guide only.

3rd Jan/7th Feb/6th March 10.30-12.30 LGBTQ+ Peer Support Group
9th Jan/13th Feb/12th March 10am – 1pm Carers Health team Clinics
9th Jan – 10-12 Meet a Wayfinder Clinic 
10th Jan/14th Feb/13th March – Dementia Advisor Clinic 9.30-1.30
10th Jan/14th Feb/13th March 11-12.30 Stay Vocal Dementia Choir St Symphorian’s Church 
11th Jan/8th Feb/14th March -10-2 Dementia Liaison Nurse Clinic
16th Jan/20th Feb/19th March – 10.30-12 – Carers coffee and chat morning
18th Jan/15th Feb/21st March 1pm -3pm Benefits Advise with Nicky from Care Advice West Sussex 
23rd Jan/27th Feb/26th March 11am -2.30pm Book Club at the Hub 
24th Jan/28th Feb/27th March – Carers Support Surgeries 9.30-1.30
25th Jan/22nd Feb/28th March – 1-3 Finance Clinics
23rd Jan/27th March  Southern Water Bills advice 10-12

The services below are available at the

D-Café at Beehive Care, 50 Ferring Street, Ferring, BN12 5JP.

Open every Monday and Friday 10am -2pm until end of March 
Drumming with Dom alternate Thursdays 1.30-2.30 £7.50 from 4th Jan 
Brain Gym Back 18th Jan 10-1 for 10 weeks 
Living Grief Group 2pm- 4pm 2nd Jan/6th Feb/5th March
Worthing Town Cryers 2pm -3.30pm 3rd Jan/7th Feb/6th March 
New Ones on the Block 11am -12.30pm 17th Jan/21st Feb/20th March 


New Funding for Dementia Cafe

We are delighted to have been successful in receiving funding from the Sussex Community Foundation to run a regular Dementia Cafe at Abbeyfield Ferring.

The new D-Cafe will be open every Monday and Friday between 10am and 2pm at the Abbeyfield Ferring Centre. Mondays will include a free art and craft group in the afternoon.

Worthing Dementia Hub open times

The Worthing Dementia Hub is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm for support, advice and signposting. No need to book, just drop in.

Brain Gym

Our new Brain Gym course is for 10 weeks starting Thursday, 28 September. See our events page for details.

Future Care Planning Event

This is on 19 October and is a perfect way to find out more about future care choices and funding. More here.

Dementia Friends Session

We are also running a free Dementia Friends Session on 11 October as part of Worthing Mental Health Awareness event. You can book a place here

Bowls Club Social Night

We are holding a Social Evening at the Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club on Thursday 2nd November which includes a meal, bowls, table tennis or snooker. To book see more details.

Drumming classes

Drumming classes run alternate Thursdays between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

If you would like any further details of these or other events please see our Events Calendar for what’s on or contact us.

Uncategorized Funding

Drumming Down Dementia Project funded by Arts Council

Worthing Dementia Hub has been awarded £7,550 for Drumming Down Dementia sessions

We are delighted to announce this new project funded by the Arts Council England that will deliver 50 sessions of drumming fun for people living with dementia in the Worthing District.

A trained session leader, who is a trained PT and drummer, will encourage people with dementia to participate in these fun sessions with large inflatable exercise ball and traditional drumsticks. The balls sit on top of large buckets with a diameter of 174 cms and participants will beat out the rhythm of the music with drumsticks.

The music is significant in its choice as it will provoke memories and singalong. The drumming sessions will include exercise as the participants will be moving in their seats. We have previously held sample groups who have found the experience fun, interactive and thought provoking. The added health benefit has seen increased heartbeats after the session.

Drumming Down Dementia sessions will be offered weekly for 6 weeks to day service clients and specific dementia care homes. The funding will deliver 50 sessions in total across the Worthing District.


New Dementia Hub Opens in Worthing

Dementia Friendly Worthing and Abbeyfield Ferring Society have launched a new hub, funded for three years by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The hub is situated at 46 Goring Road, Goring-by-Sea and is open to support and signpost people living with dementia and their carers to services.

There is flexible space with a separate quiet room and garden, a kitchen and room to have small groups meet.

The opening went off with a flourish and was attended by people of all ages, their carers, health professionals, the Town Crier, charity representatives and people living with dementia in the Worthing area.

The successful funding application was the result of a partnership between Abbeyfield Ferring, a highly regarded care organisation based in Ferring, and the steering group of Dementia Friendly Worthing. Abbeyfield will be increasing their innovative day services and support for people with dementia and their families.

The hub also gives the Dementia Friendly Worthing co-ordinator, Lynsey Tran, a base from which she can really see people from the community in a professional environment and be able to advise and direct them towards other local services.

The lottery funding of £222,104 is provided over a three-year period. There will be workshops, courses for carers, health clinics and social events plus a wealth of information for anyone affected by dementia. The hub, and the new dementia services, will be under the guidance of Jacqui Swindells, CEO of Abbeyfield Ferring.

Jacqui said ‘We’re delighted to officially open the hub and the new services which have been in place since the end of lockdown. The funding will ensure Worthing’s Dementia Friendly Co-ordinator role will continue as well as partially fund our Stay Active and Stay Social Services. There is shared space and hot-desking facilities for health professionals so that people can drop in for advice, support and service information.’

Covid has had a huge effect on dementia services locally and an information hub has always been on Dementia Friendly Worthing’s wish list.

The joint working arrangements will include bi-monthly memory cafes, host the Worthing Town Cryers (Alzheimer’s Society) social action group, and provide opportunities to work with GP surgeries and dementia nurses and the dementia assessment team.

The hub is open to anyone with dementia, their carers or family members. Opening hours are on our events calendar.