Helping Self Help Final Report

The Final Report For Helping Self Help has been released and is now available  Here

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Royal Voluntary Service Sussex

Royal Voluntary Service Sussex


E-mail: etc.tina@btinternet.com

Tel: 01424 421211

Royal Voluntary Service Sussex is a Dementia day service offers people with dementia the chance to enjoy some new activities away from home. Our service offers support and a wide range of different things to do within a comfortable, safe environment. Our specially trained staff and calm atmosphere means that visitors can relax and enjoy their time whilst giving a much needed break for their carers.

The dementia day service currently runs every Monday & Wednesday at the Royal Voluntary Service, South street, St. Leonards on Sea.

During the session we offer a range of activities that people can choose from including:

  • Socialising
  • Games
  • Gentle exercise
  • Music
  • Singing and dancing
  • Outings

Activities are tailored to provide specialist support for people with dementia and are run by qualified, trained staff. Sessions run from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Visitors can attend for a whole day or a three hour, morning or afternoon session. Lunch can be purchased directly from the RVS. Out & about afternoons will be on Mondays. The service costs: £40 per day or £20 per half day. Funding may be available through social care direct.

If you would like to speak to someone to find out more about this service and what it can offer please feel free to contact us. Day centre coordinator: Tina Manchester Landline: 01424 421211 Mobile: 07715666470 Email: etc.tina@btinternet.com Or visit our websites:

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Disability Inclusion

Website: https://disabilityinclusion.co.uk/

E-mail: theresa@disabilityinclusion.co.uk

Tel: 0333 5779874

Disability Inclusion works with organisations in the private, statutory and voluntary sectors to help make services and facilities inclusive for disabled people.  WE do this by providing:

  • Training in disability equality issues and how to remove barriers experienced by disabled people
  • Research into the experiences of disabled people
  • Organisation of events which are accessible to disabled people with a range of impairments
  • Transcription of material into accessible formats such as Braille, large print and audio

We believe that disabled people should have the same choice and control that non-disabled people have in their lives in order to exercise their right to independent living.  We provide a range of services to individual disabled people including:

  • Information, advice and advocacy
  • Help with planning and costing support, including looking at different funding options
  • Help with putting services and support in place, including signposting to other organisations where appropriate
  • Help with managing any funding provided on a day-to-day basis, including keeping track of the budget to make sure the right support is available
  • Facilitation of self-help / peer support groups so people can share their experiences with others in a similar position

Disability Inclusion bases all of its work around the social model of disability.  This approach says that rather than being disabled by their medical conditions, people with impairments are disabled by the disadvantage or restriction of activity caused by the barriers they experience in society.

For further information about our work or to discuss your requirements, please contact Theresa Hodge on 0333 5779874 or e-mail theresa@disabilityinclusion.co.uk.

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Hastings Your Way

Hastings Your Way

Website: together-uk.org/projects/hastings-your-way/

E-mail: hastings-yourway@together-uk.org

Tel: 01424 434886

Carisbrooke House,                                                                                                                                                                           Stockleigh Road,
St Leonards-on-Sea,                                                                                                                                                                                    East Sussex
TN38 0JP

We aim to make support genuinely self-directed for everyone we work with.

  • Managing mental health
  • Entering education
  • Returning to work
  • Finding new hobbies and social activities
  • Solving housing issues
  • Making friends
  • Organising finances
  • Reducing need for mental health services


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Bexhill Your Way

Bexhill Your Way

Website: together-uk.org/projects/bexhill-your-way/

E-mail: bexhill-yourway@together-uk.org

Tel: 01424 213099

73a London Road
East Sussex
TN39 3LB

Our aim is to make support genuinely self-directed for everyone we work with.

Your Way works alongside individuals as they overcome obstacles and move forward with their life. This might include:

  • Managing mental health
  • Entering education
  • Returning to work
  • Finding new hobbies and social activities
  • Solving housing issues
  • Making friends
  • Organising finances
  • Reducing need for mental health services

We help people build resources that help them stay well, their way. The essential elements of Your Way are:

  • User leadership – individuals lead their journey to wellbeing and are experts in their own recovery.
  • Meaningful personalisation – people we support benefit from person-centred and “person-led” support.
  • Open minded approach and excellent customer service – every Your Way relationship starts with a conversation and a blank piece of paper. Nothing is pre-determined and everything is possible. If we can’t do it, we’ll help you find it elsewhere.
  • Peer support – everyone can access high quality peer support based on user leadership.
  • Healthy living in the community – we help people identify and access mainstream solutions within their own community and recognise the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit.

What we offer:

  • Bespoke one-to-one support to help individuals achieve their recovery goals.
  • Person-centred planning, using Recovery Star, WRAP Plan or other tailored tools.
  • Support to improve physical and mental wellbeing, access work, leisure, education and training opportunities.
  • Links with organisations, networks and peers across the local community.
  • An open-minded approach, and a service built on the principles of user leadership and excellent customer service.
  • Tailored support via personal budgets, direct payments, spot purchase and self-funders.
  • Peer support and peer support training.
  • Tailored volunteer opportunities.
  • A flexible programme of service user led groups and activities in the community

Services offered:

  • Drop in
  • Peer support
  • Social networking
  • Volunteering
  • Your Way individually tailored support
  • Community support
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Friends Thru Cancer

E-mail: friendsthrucancer@sky.com

Tel: Susie Lyle on 01424 423687 (Anytime)

Drop in sessions are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month 10.30am-12.30pm at the Pinehurst Centre, Avondale Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0SA and also on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Complementary therapy is available at these sessions and by appointment at other times. Our Therapy Team” also work with the MacCartney unit at Conquest Hospital Hastings. We hold regular retreat days and fundraising events.”


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The Sara Lee Trust

The Sara Lee Trust

Website: https://www.saraleetrust.org/

E-mail: info@saraleetrust.org

Tel: 01424 420264

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaraLeeTrust/

Twitter: @SaraLeeTrust


The Sara Lee Trust an independent, local charity providing

  • Complementary therapy treatments
  • Creative arts therapy
  • Natural Rhythms
  • Counselling
  • Sanctuary days
Trust be set up, to provide therapies free of charge, to people in Hastings and Rother, living through cancer and other life threatening illness.


We are reliant on volunteer support across all areas of our charity work and are looking to recruit additional volunteers for our charity shops and to support with fundraising – to find out how you can volunteer for the Trust please call 01424 272 519.


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Dementia Support East Sussex

Dementia Support East Sussex


E-Mail: whitegates@mail.com

Tel: 01424 212519 Mobile: 07869 619861

Southlands Place, Hastings Road, Bexhill, TN40 2HJ


Dementia Support East Sussex is a ‘not for profit’, free membership, voluntary initiative, aiming to address the gaps in the existing provision of care for those touched by dementia, and respite for their carers.

We provide relaxed, safe, dementia-centred activities, in a social setting, with group singing, stimulating activities, reminisce and friendship-building at its core.

We continue to run our weekly Saturday club in Bexhill at Soutlands Place in Hastings Road,

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