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Elderberry Club

Caring for loved ones with dementia is not easy. That's why Age UK West Sussex offers a dementia day respite service for those looking after people living with dementia. Choose from day respite in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and Crawley on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year.

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 a two hour free trial during which you stay with your loved one - meaning that you can be perfectly sure the Elderberry Club is right for you both.

Once you have joined The Elderberry Club there is no limit to the number of days you can sign up for over a year. 

What do our days at 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.

She shoots, she scores - Pam enjoys a game of football on our dementia friendly touch screen computer:

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 use The Elderberry Club in Littlehampton, Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill.

Carers for frail older people may use 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 Age UK West Sussex Haywards Heath Centre, 2 Kleinwort Close, Haywards Heath, RH16 4XG.

The Elderberry Club, Burgess Hill is held every Wednesday from 10.30am – 4.30pm at St Alban's Hall, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8QB.

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 Littlehampton, Haywards Heath and Crawley clubs are subsidised by West Sussex County Council.

The Elderberry Club, Littlehampton:

£25 for annual membership and £35 per day.

The Elderberry Club, Haywards Heath:

£25 for annual membership and £42.50 per day.

The Elderberry Club, Burgess Hill:

£25 for annual membership and £65 per day.

The Elderberry Club, Crawley:

£25 for annual membership and £37.50 per day.

Local transport can be provided for only £5, please discuss with the Dementia Services Manager.

What do I do now?

Anyone who wishes to discuss membership of The Elderberry Club is welcome to contact Charlie Rayner, our Dementia Services Manager on 07904 977251.