Support and Services

This section of the website will tell you useful services in the Tonbridge area that you might find useful. It also gives you links to other support services that operate at a national level.

 

Looking forward to a post Covid world.

In early 2020 the Alzheimer’s Society announced that they would no longer be providing frontline services and moving to an information-based service only. The plan was that dementia cafés and carers support groups would in future be run by the dementia friendly communities. I am now beginning to look forward to being able to provide those services in our local areas. However the contact details for all of those who previously attended cafes and support groups is held by Alzheimers society and they are unable to provide us with that information due to GDPR.
If this is something that you, a relative or friend would wish to access once restrictions are fully lifted please contact me at: dementiafriendlytonbridge@gmail.com.
 
 

In Case of Going Missing Form


Download the ‘In Case Of Going Missing Form’ here from Kent Search and Rescue. This document completed and kept in a safe place will be an invaluable time saver if your cared for friend of relative wanders off and is missing. At such a time, when relatives are anxious and distressed, bringing this information to mind may prove challenging.

Download ‘In Case of Going Missing Form’

 

Cogs Club

COGS CLUBS. Every Monday and Wednesday.

Run by Crossroads Care. A COGS Club is a cognitive stimulation group, for people with mild to moderate dementia. They have up to 12 people in a group at one time, and offer different activities to stimulate the brain, it is also a good social opportunity. Each session costs £35 which includes a sandwich lunch and refreshments through the day. The closest groups to our area are in Maidstone and Southborough

Maidstone - Maidstone Gurkha Nepalese Community Centre, Armstrong Road, Maidstone every Monday 10am-3pm, except Bank Holidays.

Southborough - Christ Church, Prospect Road, Southborough every Wednesday 9.45am-2.45pm.

Families can refer themselves for COGS, by contacting  kath.ireland@crossroadskent.org or calling 03450 956701.

 

Day care and support (establishment based)

Location: Lockside, Tonbridge TN9 1EA

Takes place on: Monday and Wednesday, weekly, 09:30-15:30

The day care and support service provides care and support in a safe and comfortable group setting. Stimulating activities are based on people’s individual needs and interests.

Who this service is for: People with Dementia Only

Contact information: 01892 835498 (Office opening times: Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00)

Email: kentandmedway@alzheimers.org.uk

Link to more information: http://bit.ly/day-care-support

For more local activities and services, please visit the Dementia Connect website to search for what is available in your area.

Other services

The links to services below are provided by different sources, not by Tonbridge Dementia Friends.

Dementia Cafes

BOWLS CAFÉ. Third Thursday of the month.

This began on July 22nd with a staggering 22 attendees. It was fantastic to see people who had been starved of social interaction for so long just chatting over a cuppa. Chris Thorogood and Pearl Earl had come armed with activities, none of which were used because folks just wanted to talk. It was a most enjoyable afternoon. Next café at Angel Indoor Bowls Club is on September 16th at 2.30pm

Please contact Chris Thorogood for information bowlscafe21@gmail.com

FORGET ME NOT CAFÉ. Second Wednesday of the month

At St Johns Church in Hildenborough. The café will re-open on Wednesday September 8th from 11am until 12.30. Free coffee and cake! 

TIME TO TALK CAFÉ. First Monday of the month

Starting on Monday September 6th at Spadework, Teston Rd, Offham, West Malling ME19 5NA

Spadework is a charity providing care, support, and meaningful opportunities for more than 116 adults with learning and other disabilities. This exciting and innovative garden centre is dedicated to supporting those in our communities with additional needs. A fabulous setting for our newest café. Please book your place by calling Spadework on 01732 870002

CROWBOROUGH COMMUNITY CAFÉ:

For those who live over towards the southwest corner of Tunbridge Wells this may be close enough for you.

Last Thursday of the month – 2-4pm – Starting 26th September at Oasis Community Church. For further information please contact Zoe Sorrell. Wealden Dementia Action Alliance.zoe.sorrell@wealden.gov.uk or telephone 07985 811972

Helplines

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services 

Kent Dementia Helpline: 0800 500 3014
Alzheimer’s Society: 03002 22 11 22

Website for more information: http://www.alz-dem.org/info-and-advice/kent-dementia-helpline

Other cafes and support groups

Carers Peer Support

CARERS PEER SUPPORT GROUP. First Friday of the month.

The group met for the first-time last Friday on 6th August with 10 carers attending. We spent an enjoyable 2 hours getting to know each other and discussing the focus for future meetings. I will endeavour to get speakers to come along to some of the meetings to give information about subjects which the group felt they would like more information about. Top of their list was care costs, benefits, and carers statutory rights. Next meeting is on September 4th at the Rose and Crown Hotel at 2pm to 4pm. Just turn up, you will be welcomed. Grateful thanks to Mr Brian Piner who has generously funded this group.

East Peckham Carers Groups

For carers and those living with dementia.

Contact Sandra.edmonds@kent.gov.uk

Email: sandra.edmonds@kent.gov.uk

Miscellaneous

Clothing

The Able Label provides quality, stylish clothes with adapted designs and hidden extras that make self-dressing easier for those with dressing difficulties. 

https://www.theablelabel.com/

Incontinence

Kent Continence Service. 

We are an integrated team of bladder and bowel nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, urogynae physiotherapists, assistant practitioners and administrators. We offer a service to clients in Ashford, Canterbury and Coastal, South Kent Coast, Thanet and West Kent areas.

We provide treatment and support for adults with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor symptoms, post natal tears, genital pain, post radical or robotic prostatectomy and incontinence.

What we do

We provide education, advice and treatment to empower our clients to manage their condition. Our goal is to improve symptoms for all bladder, bowel and pelvic floor problems, providing personalised management of ongoing conditions with the aim of improving overall quality of life.

We offer one to one assessments and group education and support via phone or online appointments and we will offer you a face to face appointment if we need to see you.

How do you use this service?

You can ask your GP or healthcare professional to make a referral to our service.  We also accept self referrals.  https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/continence-service

 

 

 

Sporting Activities

Angel Centre, Tonbridge.
Multi-sport sessions. 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 2pm to 3.30pm. Sports on offer include golf putting, boccia, cycling on a static bike and table tennis. £4 Carer goes free

Poult Wood Golf Club
Dementia Friendly golf sessions. 3rd Thursday of the month at 2pm £3
Please contact us for details: 01732 364039 poultwoodgolf@tmactive.co.uk

Tonbridge Swimming pool
Dementia Friendly Swim session at Tonbridge Swimming Pool on a Friday.
Please contact us for details. 01732 367449 tonbridge.swimmingpool@tmactive.co.uk

Angel Indoor Bowls Club
Ave Du Puy, Tonbridge. Accessible bowling every Friday morning. Please contact the club for more information. 01732 771262

Singing groups and choirs

 

TRINITY ENCORE - MUSIC MOVEMENT AND SINGING every Wednesday              

 

Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells

Music and movement sessions 11am

Senior choir at 1pm-2.15

Oast Theatre Tonbridge

Music and movement sessions 2pm

Senior choir at 3.30 – 4.45

 

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