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Age Concern Sandwich

We are a Day Centre for the over 50s open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. We offer a freshly cooked hot meal, mini bus service with an escort to collect people from their home. We provide many services including our own Chiropodist, Hairdressers, assisted Bathing/showering services and curative Therapy/Reiki/Chair yoga. The centre also provides a chance to meet new friends and take part in our programme of activities. Advice and Signposting is offered. Along side this, we offer The Sunflower Centre for those that need extra support due to Dementia. This successful centre offers daily activities and social stimulation for service users which enables carers daily respite opportunities.

25 April 2018
South East
Care, Clinical Commissioning Group
Local Alliances:
Sandwich Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Our overall aim is to make a positive difference to the quality of life for people with dementia and carers in Sandwich and surrounding areas by delivering on our action plans. We are very keen to get local support. Sandwich is a Medieval town with a unique character, we will be approaching all local businesses, schools and clubs including Sandwich Town Council. We are a small group but we are very enthusiastic, passionate and caring. Our objectives include promoting health and well being, keeping peoples independence and give carers a much needed break.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The Sandwich DAA is working towards being constituent member of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance and as such is part of the Kent initiative 'Working towards being a dementia friendly community'. One of our main challenges will be gathering all staff and volunteers together as our workforce is predominantly part time on the whole. We would like the whole of Age Concern Sandwich to be aware of all aspects of dementia rather than the sole responsibility of Sunflower Centre. We will encourage our Board of Trustees to be involved as their circle of influence extends beyond the boundaries of Age Concern Sandwich.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Roadshow

    We will be travelling to Ash and Eastry Village Halls on Wednesday 23 May, with a range of organisations and services that support people living with a dementia and their families and carers. The day will include opportunity to wear an Age Suit or Virtual Reality Glasses to get a feel of what it is like to experience how dementia can affect someone. We will be raising awareness and helping to improve the lives of those living with dementia.
  • Monday Mayhem

    Monday Mayhem is held at Age Concern Sandwich provides a safe welcoming environment on the 3rd Monday of the month, 9.45 - 11.45 am, to explore a monthly theme using a sensory approach.  People living with a dementia and their family carers can join us to take part in music, movement, singing while making new friends and having fun. 

  • Information and Signposting Exhibition for Dementia Awareness

    We aim to hold a Dementia Awareness day during the course of National Dementia week May 2015 ideally Saturday 14th May inviting local agencies to have a stand to promote help, guidance and advice for people with a Dementia and their families and carers. This will be held on the lines of a drop in venue with refreshements offered too. We will advertise this over the East Kent area.


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    So far initial talking about action will contact local premises to book event and confirm date.

  • To deliver Dementia Friends Sessions throughout the Sandwich

    We are hosting Dementia Friends Sessions to individuals, organisations and businesses throughout Sandwich.  This will help raise awareness and will enagage with the town and promote Sandwich as being Dementia Friendly.  This will enable people living with a dementia and their family/carers to live well in Sandwich.  Using the Training Room in the Co-op store promotes community involvement.

  • Dementia Awareness and Information Event

    Our Awareness and Information event will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 in the Guildhall Sandwich at the start of Dementia Awareness Week.  The event will take the form of a "Market Place" where organisations can have a stand to showcase products and services that support those living with a dementia and their families and carers.  Information and advice will be on hand from organisations such as Alzheimers Society, Carers Support, Citizens Advice Bureau. etc.  There will also be an area for refreshments and a Dementia Friends Session.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Lunch Club

    Sandwich Age Concern are implementing a new venture; a  Dementia Lunch Club, to operate on the 3rd Monday of the month.  This will give an opportunity for those with a dementia and their family/carers to have a home cooked Sunday lunch in a warm, welcoming and supporting environment.  There will also be the option for support and signposting to other services within Age Concern and in the community.


    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    The Dementia Lunch Club is well established running on the 3rd Monday of the month, with a core group of attendees with new people being warmly welcomed in.  Attendees have remarked that it is a relaxed environment with staff on hand to help if needed.  Information and signposting is available.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The Lunch Club ahs been running for 17 months.  Although the day has changed due to the end of funding for a Sunday Lunch, diners are still enjoying meeting together for lunch and to share experiences with others in similar circumstances.  Those attending are also using other services provided by Age Concern Sandwich and as there is support available joined in with the Christmas activities.

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    The Dementia Lunch Club has been running for three months.  Those coming are able to meet new people with similar life experiences while enjoying a home cooked lunch in a friendly environment.  Information and advice are available.  The lunch club is grrowing as diners are spreading the word, which in turn is raising awareness of dementia in the community.