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.