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 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’
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FACE TO FACE GROUPS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.
Activities and Social Groups
The activities below are some of the services normally available in the local area. They are run by several providers, not by Tonbridge Dementia Friends. Please get in touch with the named contact for more information.
Tonbridge Cogs Club
Location: The Six in One Community Centre, Northwood Road, Tonbridge TN10 3HH
For opening times please contact service providers, Crossroads Care West Kent
The Cogs Club provides purposeful activities, based on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), for around 10 people with mild to moderate dementia. The programme can help people to recall or develop new skills and to transfer these skills to daily activities at home. The club can also provide the carer with some respite. The day usually consists of four sessions interspersed with breaks for refreshments or lunch. The first hour is about people meeting each other, discussing the ‘Cogs’ name, orientation to time and place, and sharing news. The second session explores a theme such as sounds, categorising objects and word association. After a light lunch, there is movement to music. This can be seated, standing or moving around the room. It may include miming to familiar songs. The last session usually involves a board game, such as Scrabble. Before members go home, they are given a summary of their day which can be discussed during their last tea break.
Who this service is for: People living in the area with mild-moderate dementia following an assessment by the lead facilitator of the club. Respite for carers.
Contact information: 01622 817114
Website for more information: www.cogsclub.org.uk
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)
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.
The links to services below are provided by different sources, not by Tonbridge Dementia Friends.
The Alzheimer’s Society provide a huge amount of information advice for people living with dementia, carers, and friends and family. They have factsheets that can help you learn more about dementia, the services you have the right to access, and what you can expect in the future.
You can access these factsheets here:
Talking to other people online about your experiences and asking others questions can be a great way to get information and support. The Alzheimer’s Society host an online forum, Talking Point.
You can access it here: https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk
There are several helplines that you can call with any questions, concerns or just for information:
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
Dementia UK are a charity that help families face dementia. They have a huge amount of information about living with dementia.
One useful page they host is about knowing your benefits entitlement.
You can find out more here: https://www.dementiauk.org/living-with-dementia-know-your-benefits-entitlement/
Other cafes and support groups
Provides support and companionship to those who are recognising issues with their memory or cognition as well as for their carers, family and friends. No diagnosis necessary. Meets on 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall Hildenborough.
Contact email@example.com 01732 759854. Also at Westerham, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge
Carers Peer Support
Starting January 2021 (Covid allowing)
carers support group at St Peter ad St Paul Church Hall, Tonbridge
East Peckham Carers Groups
For carers and those living with dementia.
2nd Friday of the month at 2pm Curran Hall East Peckham
First Tuesday of the month 10.30 -12pm Jubilee Hall,
Pippin Road, East Peckham.
Contact us: 0300 303 1555.
Day Care Centres
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Town Lock Day Centre. Contact Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge
Tel: 01732 771780.
Derwent Day Centre, Darenth Avenue.
Run by the Baptist Church but all welcome. Contact Maxine Hallett
Tel: 01732 352824
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
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
“Forget-me-Notes” is a “Sing-a-long with a cuppa” group where you can join in singing old favourites. It is open to anyone who enjoys a good sing-a-long including people with dementia and their carers. It takes place on the 3rd Thursday each month 2-4pm at Christchurch United Reformed Church hall, 2 Littlecourt Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 2JG (corner of London Rd and Kippington Rd). Contact Kieron
Tel: 01732 447055
Find Your Voice
Singing fun for all abilities. Open to all older people and suitable for those who live with dementia. Every Friday at All Saints church, Langton Green 2-4pm. #5 per session Carers free. For more information Contact Kieron 01892 575499
Evert Wednesday in School term time. 10.30 -12 Trinity Arts Theatre, Church Rd, Tunbridge Wells. Contact Box office 01892 678678 or Jocelyn 01892 500674. Free of charge
Dementia-friendly cinema screenings
Two local care homes organise dementia-friendly cinema mornings once a month on Saturday mornings for local people. They show films in a very small, comfortable environment with refreshments provided. You do not have to live in the care home to go along but you do need to book in advance as there are only a few seats. They can also tell you what films are coming up. The local ones are:
Rivermere care home, 64-70 Westerham Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 2PZ. Contact Stephanie
Tel: 01732 748400
Weald Heights care home, Bourchier Close, Sevenoaks TN13 1PD. Contact Amelia
Tel: 01732 747700
Befriending may be suitable for people with mild or early dementia who feel lonely, isolated or vulnerable. Weekly visits from a volunteer. This service is mainly for housebound people over 65 who live alone and have very few or no visitors.
For more information Tel: 01732 454108 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org