The Wealden and Eastbourne ‘Lifeline’


Emergency Response System is a combined telephone and alarm unit which is programmed to call a Control Centre automatically when a red emergency button is pressed. Once alerted, Control Centre staff quickly summon assistance.  The system is ideal for those living alone who may occasionally need help.

Ring Control Centre in Eastbourne on 01323 644422 for details.

The Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership


The Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership is a member of ESSA – The East Sussex Seniors’ Association – “The Voice of Older People”

See website: www.essaforums.org.uk
or telephone Linda Graham on 01892 770487 for more information or to get involved.


If you are aged 60 or over and facing housing difficulties STEPS can support you. STEPS is a free, confidential, short-term housing support service funded by East Sussex County Council. We can visit you at home and support you to maintain your independence. STEPS can support you with:

Ensuring your home is safe
Looking into more suitable accommodation
Dealing with tenancy or mortgage worries
Keeping warm and reducing energy bills
Managing household bills and debts
Obtaining daily living equipment

STEPS can also support with a range of other issues in conjunction with housing support.

If you live in Eastbourne, Lewes & Wealden, please contact us for more information:

Phone: 01323 436 414
Text: 07970 668 106

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre


East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre in Eastbourne provides information on aids and equipment that can help you with your daily life. They can offer a variety of advice and training for coping with deafness.

Telephone: 01323 722505

East Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted People


East Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted People provides information on aids and equipment that can help you with your daily life. They can offer a ‘Try before you Buy’ scheme for some equipment.

Contact Steve Saunders on 01323 832252

Wealden Talking News


Wealden Talking News provides a weekly memory stick of local news plus one magazine memory stick per month for the blind or partially sighted. The memory sticks are free and are also mailed at no charge. The organisation is a registered charity and is staffed entirely by volunteers. A memory stick player can be supplied on loan.

Ring 01435 862 304 for details.

The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support


If you care for a person who is suffering from Dementia the North Wealden Dementia Support Service offers information, advice and support to people with dementia and those who care for them. For those who wish to receive advice and support there is a support group operating in Crowborough.

For further information about this and other activities please contact Sarah Burchett, the Dementia Support Worker, on 07525 403854 or email: sarah.

The Silver Line


The Silver Line aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers.

Chairwoman Ms Rantzen said she hoped the phone line number,
0800 4 70 80 90, would be remembered by all older people.

Dementia Supper Clubs for
Carers and People with Dementia
(Supported by East Sussex County Council)


Would you like to get out and meet other people with dementia and their carers across East Sussex. Share experiences, increase your support network, get together, meet new friends, have a meal or just a drink and chat. Dementia Supper Clubs as part of the Carers Breaks Dementia Engagement Service – The Catts Inn, Rotherfield, 5.00pm. The only charge is the cost of the meal.

All enquiries regarding Heathfield/Surrounding areas and Uckfield/Crowborough clubs, please call:
East Sussex office – 01424 773687
or Email: east.

Heathfield Community Hub


National Accessible Library


We are a free online library for visually impaired readers.

Our library is for people who are unable to enjoy reading a printed book because they are blind, visually impaired, have print blindness due to dyslexia or are physically impaired. All our books are available in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, plain text and Braille. The books in Microsoft Word format are marked up in order to make it as easy as possible to customise the book to suit the way you want to read them. We continue to add books to our library all the time, on every subject.

For more information:
Tel: 01424 777 466
Write to: The Librarian, Seeing Ear, The Watch Oak, Chain Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0YD

Young at Heart – 07971 032667

Memory Café Heathfield – 01273 494300

TN22 Club – 07747 635667

TN22 Plus Club – 07462 790210

Tribe project on East Sussex County Counciil website

Flexibus – 01273 078203

Age We Care Day Centre – 01825 760176