Hearing and Visual Impairment, Dementia and other local support groups


Having trouble hearing? Visit your GP for a hearing test.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, 8 St Leonards Road. BN21 3UH. Display of assistive devices, mobile service, lip reading and sign language classes, drop in, NHS hearing aid battery replacement and maintenance.  Tel: 01323 722505 www.eshrc.org.uk

Hearing Link, 27-28 The Waterfront, BN23 5UZ offers a range of services to help people adjust to and manage the challenges that hearing loss can bring. Tel: 0300 111 1113. www.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!


Eastbourne Blind Society, 124 Longstone Road, BN22 8DA our social and resource centre for VIPs. Tel: 01323 729511. www.eastbourneblindsociety.org.uk

East Sussex Library Service has a range of large print, audio books and online services. Offers a Home library service. Tel: 0345 60 80 196. eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries

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.

Pavement problems? Report them to East Sussex Highways 0345 60 80 193. Fixmystreet App. Speak to your Neighbourhood First Advisor about overgrown vegetation or fallen trees.

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. Taxi drivers can get a medical exemptions certificate from their GP’s.



East Sussex Alzheimer’s Society for people worried about or affected by dementia. For support in our local area Tel: 01424 773687 or email east.sussex@alzheimers.org.uk.

Dementia Friends learn more about what it is like living with dementia visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

Memory Lane Eastbourne. Tel: 01323 650115 social activities.



Eastbourne Mencap. 113 Pevensey Road BN22 8AD Tel: 01323 722034. Supporting local people with learning disabilities.

Eastbourne MS Society. Tel: 07580 469300.

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

JPK Project. Tel: 0843 289 3624.  Supported living centre for people with a learning disability. www.thejpkproject.co.uk.

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

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

Sussex Oakleaf. 6 Saffrons Road BN21 1DG Tel: 01323 430203 Supporting people with mental health difficulties. Offers Wellbeing services programme of activities and events, support, safe place to meet.

Samaritans. 13 Bolton Road BN21 3JT. Tel: 01323 735555.


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/pegasus.