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.

Sussex Armed Forces Network




If you, or a close member of your family, have served, or are serving in the UK Armed Forces there is help and support available. Support is available at:
Email: scdt.admin@nhs.net / Tel: 01273 403693
Email: sussexarmedforcesnetwork.nhs.uk
www.ssafa.org.uk/tel 08001699060
Blind Veterans UK (Brighton) Tel 01273 307811 or write to:
Blind Veterans UK, Greenways, Ovingdean, Brighton, BN2 7BS


If you are aged 65 or over STEPS can support you to stay living  independently. STEPS can visit you at home and help you work out what support you personally need to keep living independently. STEPS is funded by East Sussex County Council and provides a free, confidential, short-term   service.

If you want to find out more about STEPS, Telephone: 01323 436 414

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

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 further information go to: www.accessiblelibrary.org.uk

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.burchett@alzheimers.org.uk

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.sussex@alzheimers.org.uk

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.

Care for the Carers






Care for the Carers is an independent charity supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex, so if you look after a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without your help, we’re here for you. Our team of staff and volunteers can provide you with practical and emotional advice and we can put you in touch with other carers.

We also offer a range of groups, activities and events across East Sussex.  We run a monthly clinic on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2pm – 5pm at Heathfield Health. This is a chance to talk face to face to a Carer Support Worker for an hour about your caring role. For more information, contact 01323 738390 or info@cftc.org.uk.

British Red Cross Carers Support Service

Our volunteer visiting service provides free, short term emotional and practical support to unpaid Carers in East Sussex. We can offer up to 6 weeks of support through:

• providing 2 hours a week companionship / sitting / respite service
• assistance with shopping, light housework or meal preparation
• support to access community / social activities
• signposting to other sources of support

Please note: The service does not provide personal or domestic care.

Contact: Independent Living Service Coordinator
Tel: 01273 227800 Email: EsCarerssupport@redcross.org.uk

Heathfield Community Hub


  • Voluntary sector services and volunteering opportunities
  • Local transport buses and taxis
  • Parish Council services – recreation grounds, burial grounds, allotments, Heathfield Community Centre
  • Wealden District Services
  • East Sussex County Council services – library services and opening hours
  • Events, venues for hire
  • Citizens Advice Bureau outreach service – every Friday morning from 10.00am -12.00noon in the Parish Council
    Offices – Drop in sessions
  • Heathfield Volunteer Centre – Monday mornings 10.00am to 12.00noon, Wednesday from 1.00 to 3.00pm and Fridays from 1.00pm – 3.00pm in the Parish Council Offices , 73 High Street, HeathfieldPlease contact 01435 865700 and leave a message or email us at the following email: volunteer@hdvc.org.uk