The Elderberry Club runs carer-focused respite service.
We provide the opportunity for carers of people with dementia and carers of frail older people to take some time for themselves, knowing the people they care for are in a safe, stimulating environment.
How does the service work?
Both the carer and person who is cared for become joint-members of Age UK West Sussex and The Elderberry Club once a referral and subsequent assessment have been made.
A referral can be made by family, friends, social services, GPs, nurses or other carers.
The assessment takes place at your chosen centre and involves a series of questions which enable us and you to ensure The Elderberry Club is the ideal choice for the carer and person who is cared for. After the assessment there is the opportunity to meet the other members and take a tour of the centre.
Once you have joined The Elderberry Club there is no limit to the number of days you may attend throughout the year or how much of the day you spend at the centre.
What do our days with The Elderberry Club involve?
For those who are frail or have dementia, the trained and experienced team plan a variety of activities and cognitive stimulation games. Carers may be comfortable in the knowledge that those who are usually in their care, spend the day in trusted hands.
For carers, there is a relaxing space at the centre where carers may gather together, chat and share experiences. If carers would like to take part in their own activities as a group, we welcome suggestions for ways to tailor the days to suit you.
Which centre is right for me?
Carers for people with dementia may attend The Elderberry Club in Littlehampton or Haywards Heath.
Carers for frail older people may attend The Elderberry Club in Crawley.
When and where is The Elderberry Club held?
The Elderberry Club, Littlehampton is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10.30am – 4.30pm at The Laurels, Sheepfold Avenue, Rustington, West Sussex. BN16 3SQ. (Close to Angmering station)
The Elderberry Club, Haywards Heath is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10.30am – 4.30pm at The Redwood Activity Centre, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. RH16 3DN.
The Elderberry Club, Crawley is held every Thursday from 10.30am – 4.30pm at The Crawley Centre, 1 Town Barn Road, West Green, RH11 7XG.
How much does it cost?
Each day includes a hot two-course meal, refreshments throughout the day and activities.
The Elderberry Club, Littlehampton:
£25 for annual membership and £30 per day.
The Elderberry Club, Haywards Heath:
£25 for annual membership and £40 per day.
The Elderberry Club, Crawley:
£25 for annual membership and £35 per day.
Local transport can be provided for only £5, please discuss with the Carer Services Manager.
What do I do now?
Anyone who wishes to discuss membership of The Elderberry Club is welcome to contact Michelle Smith directly on 07840 652054 or via email.