Hearing and Visual Impairment, Dementia and other local support groups

HEARING IMPAIRMENT

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, 8 St Leonards Road. BN21 3UH. Display of assistive devices, hearing loops, mobile service, lip reading and sign language classes, drop in, NHS hearing aid battery replacement and maintenance, deafblind, deafened, etc. Awareness training. Tel: 01323 722505.

Hearing Link, Offer a range of services to help people adjust to and manage the challenges hearing loss can bring. Help desk 07526 123255 Mon, Wed, Fri 10-2 or helpdesk@hearinglink.org.

Hearing Loops. In difficult hearing situations like noisy places and trying to hear people behind security screens a hearing loop is a great help. Hearing Link’s ‘Lets Loop’ campaign encourages businesses to use them. Eastbourne’s theatres, most banks, churches, the station and some supermarkets are equipped. Look out for the sign at the entrance or counter. When out and about always ask if there is a hearing loop and check it works!

VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE (VIP)

Eastbourne Blind Society, 124 Longstone Road, BN22 8DA Social activities and resource centre for VIPs. Display of aids and equipment. Awareness Training. Tel: 01323 729511.

East Sussex Library Service Large print, audio books and online services. Home library service. Enquiries Tel: 0345 60 80 196.

The Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association provide recorded extracts from local and Sunday newspapers and magazines for VIPs. Tel: 01323 727273.

The Friends of Devonshire Park Theatre arrange audio- description of plays on Friday nights and Saturday matinees that run for a week.

Guide Dog and Assistance Dog Owners have the same right to services supplied by shops, banks, hotels, libraries, pubs, taxis and restaurants as everyone else – Equality Act 2010. A taxi driver may have medical exemption for not carrying a dog.

DEMENTIA

For people worried about or affected by dementia.

Adult Health & Social Care Connect. Tel: 0345 60 80 191.

Alzheimer’s Society. Sussex helpline Tel: 01403 213017.

Dementia Friends. www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Memory Lane Eastbourne. 07800 874361 activities, singing, dancing, cinema for people with dementia and their carers.

Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance Tel: 01323 385285.

OTHER LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS

Eastbourne Mencap. 113 Pevensey Road BN22 8AD Tel: 01323 745100. Supporting local people with learning disabilities.

Eastbourne MS Society. Tel: 07580  469300.

Eastbourne Parkinson’s Group. Tel: Secretary 01323 769599.

Eastbourne Wellbeing Centre. 8 Saffrons Road BN21 1DG.

Tel:01323 405330 Supporting people’s mental health&wellbeing

Sussex MND Assoc branchcontact@mndaeastsussex.org.uk.

Epilepsy Sussex. Tel: 07497 822055 www.epilepsysussex.com.

JPK Project. 39-41 Church Street, Eastbourne, BN21 1HP Tel: Charity

0843 289 3624. Palm Court Tea Room open Mon–Friday 10–4, providing training and work experience to people with a learning disability. Bookings/Functions/Hiring Tel: 01323 304591.

SASBAH The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Tel: 01825 873045  www.sasbah.org.uk.

Samaritans. 13 Bolton Road BN21 3JT. Call for free on 116 123 or Email jo@samaritans.org. Lift.

Pegasus Card. If you have speech or communication difficulties, registering for a Pegasus card could help you in an emergency. The emergency services will know how best to communicate with you and your specific needs. Register online www.sussex.police.uk and search Pegasus card.

Autism Stress Alert card scheme. Tel: 07476 418135. Creating an autism friendly community. autismstressalert@gmail.com.