Autumn 2018


Creating New Possibilities at the Life Skills Centre

Explore your creativity, stimulate your senses and, most importantly, have fun!
Who are we & what we do:
The Life Skills Centre is a uniquely modern and vibrant facility offering a creative and alternative learning environment and a thriving social network to those aged 16+ years with a physical and/or learning disability.
Special promotions:

We’re introducing a special end of Summer promotional discount at the Life Skills Centre: Buy 3 sessions get 1 free in September
•         It will run until end of September
•         This would be for sessions paid for at time of booking  ( not applicable to those paying by invoice or any other offer i.e compass card discount)
•         It would be for sessions booked for that month
•         Excluding gym and massage
•         Expires 30th September
•         Must be mentioned at time of booking

Also ongoing until further notice:
•         Buy a one hour massage and enjoy a free slice of cake & a Tea or Coffee at GK’s (promotion applies to regular tea & Americano) we reserve the right to withdraw this offer at our discretion
•         Must be mentioned at time of booking
Contact the Life Skills Centre on: 01825 723 723 or using this link

Life Skills Centre turns 5!

“The Life Skills Centre turning five years old and Patchwork Farm turning one seemed a great reason to have a party and celebrate both of our wonderful facilities,” comments Jo Butterworth, Life Skills Manager at Chailey Heritage Foundation.  “It was lovely to see lots of people at the party which turned out beautifully – seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces was just wonderful. We celebrated in style with a Bubbleologist, BBQ and drop in sessions including Art, Cooking, ICT & Sensory Room”
For more information on what we offer please contact us on 01825 723723 or email:
You can find out more information on the Life Skills Centre by following this link

Health scams

East Sussex residents are being targeted by organised criminals trying to obtain personal and financial information so they can steal money. If you fall victim to such a scam, besides losing your hard earned savings and becoming angry, you could also lose your sense of enjoyment in daily activities which could subsequently impact upon your health and wellbeing too.
Criminals also try to tempt people into buying tablets, products or medicines promising outstanding results for a variety of conditions. Like any scam, look out for offers that seem too good to be true. You may receive unsolicited letters, emails, text messages or even telephone calls urging you to buy products more easily through them rather than via your GP or local pharmacy.  Be careful too when buying products online; they may not contain the ingredients stated on the packaging and could have an adverse effect on your health.

Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, provide the following advice on their website:
•    If there’s a dispute over the nature of the product and its claimed benefits, you should ask the website selling the product for help and a refund.
•    Keep all evidence of your purchase, including the goods you bought and any correspondence.
•    If you’ve already made a payment, contact your credit card company and/or bank and tell them that you may have fallen victim to a fraud. They’ll advise you on cancelling payments and ensuring your finances remain secure.
•    If you’ve already taken any medical products you are worried about, you should always visit your GP. 
For further information about health scams, visit

If in any doubt about whether an offer is genuine, talk to someone you trust before parting with cash or personal or financial information. Citizens Advice can help, ring them on 0345 4040506. Remember – scams are fraud, and fraud is a crime. They should not be ignored; instead we should be reporting them to Action Fraud using their online fraud reporting tool.  You can also report and get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040, helping to protect others from falling victim too. 

To share information about scams more widely, the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership project is asking organisations (eg businesses, charities, clubs, community wardens, councils, residents associations, societies, voluntary groups etc) to help raise awareness about scams amongst their staff, members, volunteers and clients.  People will then be better placed to look after themselves and others who may be in more vulnerable circumstances.  Please contact to find out how your organisation could help. You could pledge, for example, to raise awareness by organising a free one hour group Friends Against Scams session. Alternatively, if you’re an individual and want to learn more, go online and do the 20 minutes Friends Against Scams awareness session.

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs and Assets Assessment (JSNAA)

The JSNAA is available at The site contains both local and national resources for those who commission, provide or use health and social care services in East Sussex.

 On the site you will find:

  • data in the form of scorecards
  • area summaries
  • local comprehensive needs assessments 
  • profiles that compare our local data with national data 
  • overview reports and briefings that pull information from a wide range of sources into one document 
  • ... and much much more.

To keep up-to-date with any new content please subscribe to a short monthly email alert here:

Can you share your experience of being an unpaid carer?

As part of its Carers' Words, Carers' Lives project to capture the stories of unpaid carers across East Sussex, Care for the Carers is looking for more carers to come forward to share their experiences of caring. It will be recording a collection of short films of carers’ stories to help raise awareness of the 65,000 unpaid carers in the county. If you think you might like to take part and highlight some of the issues you face in your caring role, please email Amy Hope or call 01323 738390.


Healthwatch East Sussex Annual Showcase

On the 18th September 2018, Healthwatch East Sussex will be opening our doors and showcasing our work.  Everyone is very welcome.
You will hear about the impact we have had in health and social care, as published in our annual report and about our plans for the future.
We will have guest speakers discussing latest developments in health and care in East Sussex with opportunities to ask questions.
•    Tom Gurney - Director of Communications and Engagement- Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance CONFIRMED
•    Paula Cohen - Healthwatch East Sussex Volunteer CONFIRMED
•    Keith Hinkley - Director of Adult Social Care, East Sussex County Council CONFIRMED
•    Karen Hoskin - Deputy Director, Adult Service, East Sussex Division, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
We will also be asking for your views on health & social care in East Sussex and how we can work with you in the future.
Venue: Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, 3 Harbour Quay, Eastbourne, BN23 5QF

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2018

Time: 12pm-4pm (Registration and lunch between 12pm-1pm)

Register your place and free lunch here :

The Life Skills Centre are introducing two new fitness sessions from October 2018

Take Part in Our Seasonal Games Session

In these seasonal games sessions, service users will take part in a different game such as Boccia, New age kurling, Skittles, Wheelchair football and Table cricket, rather than focusing on one game for a period of time (as in our other games sessions). The session will also involve more team games.

NEW: Exercise Circuit Class: From October 2018

Why not come and take part in this fun exercise class!
This class will start with an initial group stretch/warm up. Service users will then have a number of circuit stations to take part in exercises such as boxing, resistance band pull downs and lifting weights as well as fun activities such as bean bag throwing into hoops and knocking down skittles.

For more information on these or any other sessions, please contact 01825 723723 or email:

The Saturday Club – Launching 29th September

What is the club?
The Saturday Club is for those aged 16+ with disabilities, including physical and complex health needs. The Club provides an opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities in a sociable setting throughout the year.
To support the transitional needs of young people, we welcome those approaching 16 years of age to support with next steps.
When is it?
The Saturday club will run on the last Saturday of each month from 10am – 4pm.
For more information please click on the following link

New groups for carers of people with dementia

Unpaid carers who care for people with dementia are invited alongside the person they care for to attend new support and activity groups, taking place in Bexhill, Hailsham and Seaford. Carers of people with dementia are also welcome to attend on their own. The monthly Making Memories groups are facilitated by a Carer Support Worker from Care for the Carers.

Date: 2nd Thursday of each month, 2pm-4pm. Starting 9 August.
Venue: St James Trust Community Centre, 11 Blatchington Road, Seaford, BN25 2AB.

Date: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2pm-4pm. Starting 15 August.
Venue: St Michaels and All Angels Community Hall, Glassenbury Drive, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 2NY.

Date: 4th Wednesday of the month, 2pm-4pm. Starting 26 September.
Venue: Day Centre, Bentley Grange, Binder Lane, (off Reef Way), Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1FA.

Carers please note:
•         We ask for the carer to be responsible for the person they care for and any toileting needs they may have. Carers will need to stay for the session and not leave the person they care for during the session.
•         We also ask that the cared for person be settled and able to engage. If the person being cared for is at a more advanced stage of dementia and is likely to become agitated or is restless, then the group will not be suitable for them.

New groups for 2018
In addition to the dementia groups, Care for the Carers has also recently introduced a selection of new carer groups in areas including Rye, Forest Row, Sidley, and also an evening group for working carers and others in Eastbourne. Find out more:


Carer Awareness Training for all: Hastings

Care for the Carers is providing a programme of free Carer Awareness Training, for professionals, volunteers, and those supporting unpaid carers in their local community.

Venue: Room 5, Education Centre, Conquest Hospital, Hastings
Date: Thursday 6th September 2pm – 4.30pm.

For more information or to book a place on this training email Carole Gregory: or call 01323 738390.

More information:

  Health and Wellbeing Board

All information relating to the Health and Wellbeing Board can be found here. The next meeting will take place on 18th September 2018 and will be webcast live.

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