Welcome

Welcome to Age Concern, Heathfield and District.

We are a local, independently registered charity (Charity Number 205665), affiliated to the national organisation rebranded as Age UK.

Growing older can be a frightening and lonely experience for some people. Age Concern aims to encourage social interaction, happiness and confidence to embrace life in later years and above all else to promote independence and well being.

We are run totally by volunteers, so we are always looking for new recruits – if you would be interested in joining our friendly team, or would like further information on ways in which you could help us, please give us a ring.

Programme of Trips 2018-9

Explore Sussex with our new programme of half-day trips!

If you live in the TN21 postcode area, are over 60, like to meet people and enjoy going out, then this could be the thing for you!

  • Door to door service in one of our fully accessible minibuses
  • Pick-ups start from 10.30am – return at approx. 3.00pm.
  • All trips include either a stop for lunch or tea/coffee and cake!

Click here to see the full programme of trips

For further information or to book a place please ring: 01435 866960

Medical Car Service
telephone number
01435 515090

The Men’s Shed

Many thanks to those who took time out to help with the stall at Le Marché. It was a really successful day and we gained four new Shedders as a result – as well as lots of positive feedback.

The most exciting news is that, after all our hard work, we have found a site for the Heathfield & District Men’s Shed! It’s about 1 mile from central Heathfield with sufficient space to house not just the Men’s Shed, but also our new office. Shedders will have an opportunity to visit the site, after our meeting on 18th October.

Until the Shed is up and running, our Shedders’ Meetings will be held at Heathfield Fire Station (the meeting room is located at the front of the building, opposite the Co-op).
Important: There is strictly no parking on the Fire Station forecourt – please use the car parks in Mill Road or the Co-op.

Our next meetings are:
Thursday 18 October
Thursday 15 November
Thursday 15 December
11.00am – 12.30pm

See you in The Shed!
Peter
Tel 01435 863656


Martin, who came along to his first Shedders meeting in August, went home so enthused about the project, that he penned us a poem:

THE SHED

When a man needs time…to think things through,
Or needs peace and quiet…as some men do.
Does he hide in the loo?…or retire to his bed?
Or do the sensible thing…and escape to his shed.

Tools and timber…things awaiting repair,
He can sit like a king…in his favourite chair.
Fishing rods and golf clubs…lean by the door,
An old bit of carpet…laid on the floor.

Cobwebs and spiders…paint and wood stain,
Old screws in jam jars…used again and again.
Stretching out his legs…he leans back in his chair,
And ponders the problem…that brought him there.

So his comfort zone…for him is his shed,
A place of calm…where noise doesn’t tread.
Familiar items…on shelves round the walls,
Ready for use…when necessity calls.

Now sheds can be large…or sometimes quite small,
They can stand on their own…or lean on a wall.
But a man needs a shed…like a garden needs rain,
Which is why he will visit…again and again.

©️ Martin Silvester 10/8/2018

Older People’s Day 2018

Older People’s Day events will be taking place across East Sussex during September and October, to recognise the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.

As in previous years, this year’s programme of events is being organised by the East Sussex Seniors Association (ESSA) and hosted by older volunteers.

To view or download the full list of events go to eastsussex.gov.uk/olderpeoplesday.

You can find out more about your local
Senior Forums at: essaforums.co.uk

Goodbye and thank you to Sara

We are sorry to say goodbye to Sara, who has been a booking coordinator for our Medical Car Service for the past year. Her friendly, reassuring voice, familiar to those who use the service, will be sorely missed.

We are grateful to Margaret and Geoff Thomas, who have kindly volunteered to help with the administration of the service, following Sara’s departure.