Relief carers services

The Relief Carers Scheme offers a range of training, support and respite services for carers and engaging day groups for people living with memory loss.

Specialist day groups

Our 11 specialist memory loss groups operate from the centres for the community, where members can enjoy reminiscence, light exercise, social engagement, word puzzles and various other activities. Groups usually run from 10am-3pm and each session is supervised by trained members of staff. 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 being supported at the group.

Specialist day group costs

  • Weybridge: £27 on Mondays and £35.25 on Tuesdays
  • Claygate: £35.25 on Monday and £35.25 on Thursdays
  • Molesey: £27 on Tuesdays and £35.25 on Wednesdays
  • Walton: £27 on Wednesdays and £35.25 on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Thames Ditton: £35.25 on Thursdays
  • Hersham: £35.25 on Fridays

Note: The three £27 groups are subsidised through funding from Surrey County Council. We are able to provide transport for most groups through the Community Transport Service, at an additional cost.

All our groups are now available to non-Elmbridge residents for £48 per session. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transport for these clients.

Alz Café

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 £2.50/3.50 entry charge which will go towards the costs of light refreshments.

Next meeting dates are: 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 13 September, 11 October, 8 November and 13 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.

Meeting dates:   

  • 19 April
  • 17 May
  • 21 June

Sitting service

This service provides carers with a chance to take a break from their caring role.  A member of our 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.

Charges:

  • £14.80 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.

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