Specialist support groups
Across the Elmbridge centres for the community we have 11 specialist groups for people living with memory loss (Alzheimer’s/Dementia), where members can enjoy reminiscence, light exercise, social engagement, word puzzles and various other activities.
A freshly cooked meal is provided along with morning and afternoon refreshments. These groups enable carers to have some time to themselves during the day whilst the person being cared for is occupied at the group.
Specialist support group costs
- Weybridge: £21 on Mondays and £33 on Tuesdays
- Claygate: £33 on Monday and £33 on Thursdays
- Molesey: £21 on Tuesdays and £33 on Wednesdays
- Walton: £21 on Wednesdays and £33 on Tuesdays and Fridays
- Thames Ditton: £33 on Thursdays
- Hersham: £33 on Fridays
Note: The three £21 groups are provided through funding from Surrey County Council. Groups usually start at 10am and finish at 3pm. We may be able to provide support through the Community Transport Service where we are able to offer transport for clients to and from most of the groups.
All our groups are now available to non-Elmbridge residents for £45 per session.
The café is a meeting place for those affected by conditions causing memory loss and confusion, their carers, families and friends. All are welcome to meet others in similar circumstances, gain information and support from professionals, join discussion groups, listen to speakers and enjoy live entertainment at our seasonal social evenings.
When and where:
The café meets at the Claygate Centre for the Community on the second Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. There is a £2 entry charge which will go towards the costs of light refreshments.
Next meeting dates are: 14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 7 December
The Claygate support group
Held on the third Thursday in the month at the Claygate Centre for the Community from 10.30pm-12 noon. Here you have the opportunity to talk to other carers in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
- 16 November
- 14 December
- 18 January
- 15 February
- 15 March
This service provides carers with a chance to take a break from their caring role. A member of our sitting team is paired up with the person being cared for and will offer a number of person centred activities based on this person’s needs. At assessment stage we will establish the interests of the individual and ensure we are able accommodate.
- £14.20 per hour
- £20.25 per hour on weekends/bank holidays
- mileage charge of 47p per mile.
Training for carers
We run annual training sessions for carers beginning in March and running for nine weeks. These sessions are specifically geared to carers who have recently started caring for a partner, relative of friend with dementia, confusion or Alzheimer’s and cover a variety of topics relevant to diagnosis and for new and existing carers. Training is conducted by guest speakers with topics such as power of attorney, continence, moving and handling.
Please contact the Relief Carers team on 01372 474547 to discuss any of these services.