Looking after your mental wellbeing is as vital as looking after your physical health but it can be difficult to know where to start and what types of support and information there are available. Older people can, of course, access any of the services in the sections ‘Services for Adults’ and ‘Day Services, Wellbeing Groups and Activities’ and the information in this section should be seen as complementary to those sections.
Brighton & Hove has a range of services that will be able to help you depending on the level of help you may be looking for. These range from practical support, counselling services, wellbeing groups to develop resilience and skills through to treatment and specialist mental health services. See our page on Day Services, Wellbeing Groups and Activities. In addition to those services, Age UK Brighton & Hove have a range of services and activities for anyone aged over 50.
Our Directory also includes a section for older people
Day Centres for Older People
These are residential and day centres for people over 65 who live in Brighton & Hove and are diagnosed as having mental health needs. People can be referred by their GP or other health professional. The centres offer a range of one to one support, groupwork, activities such as outings, exercise, bingo, quizzes, cooking and gardening.
You might feel that you want more medical help and to be able to access treatment for your mental health. If so, a good place to start is your GP who will have a range of options to help you including referring to counselling or other support, further ideas for self help such as the books on prescription scheme as well as prescribing medication if you both agreed suitable. and referring on to other services. Your GP is also the main point of access to the more specialist mental health services.
Open to people 50+ who welcome some support during the day and benefit from meeting with others from within their local community.
Opportunities to join in with social and creative activities, meet with friends old and new, go on trips to places of interest, get advice and support (for members and carers).
Open four days a week, Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4.00pm.
There is a charge for attendance / membership which is assessed according to your means, a minimum of £3 and a maximum of £25.50 per day. In addition each member is charged £4.50 for lunch and £3.00 for transport (£1.50 each way). A bath (with lift) is £2.50.
To become a member of Somerset Day Centre you can contact Somerset Day centre directly on 01273 699000 or the Adult Social Care Access Point on 01273 295555.
Impact Initiatives provide a centre (Hop50+) and café open seven days a week, community based groups and minibus trips for people aged 50+, including people with Dementia.
Hop50+ (located in Palmeira Square, Hove) is open seven days a week with transport and support for members four days each week (Club days). Other days include groups and activities ranging from Tai Chi to singing, art and a Sunday lunch club.
A range of minibus trips to various places of interest run each week and groups include play reading, gentle exercise and line dancing. These take place each week in a range of church halls and community centres. The café is open seven days a week – maybe for just a cup of fresh coffee and a chat, or to take part in a whole day of activities with friendly company and a homemade lunch.
Lin Hastings (Team Leader),
Hop50+, Palmeira Square, Hove BN3 2FL,
Tel: 01273 729603
The Larches Café
The Larches Café is open Monday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s, serving drinks homemade cakes and lunches. Open since October 2014, the Café also has space for local groups to meet, is child friendly, has Wi-Fi, and boasts a beautiful garden that customers can enjoy.
The Larches Café, New Larchwood, Waldron Ave, Brighton BN1 9EZ
Tel: 01273 609281
The Alzheimers Society in Brighton & Hove offer support groups for those affected by Dementia as well as access to advice and other services.
The Memory Assessment Service is provided by BICS (Brighton Integrated Care Services) in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Brighton and Hove Carers Centre. The service provides access to memory testing and diagnosis, and offers advice care and support from trained advisers for people with dementia and their carer givers.
Additional Services for Older People
Need more advice?
If you would like more advice and information relating to mental health and/or services for older people, please contact our Advice and Information Service:
Telephone: 01273 66 69 50