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The Abbeyfield (Hastings and St Leonards) Society Ltd

Mrs E.M. Murphy, sec, 29 Battle Road, St Leonards on Sea, (01424) 428509, provides accommodation for elderly people with housekeeper and providing two main meals a day. Access Group Hastings and Rother, c/o East Sussex Disability Association, 1 Faraday Close, Eastbourne, BN22 9BH.

Advocacy Service

Advocacy service for adults with mild learning disabilities who may live independently, and who may not receive support from other specialist services.

Cranstoun's East Sussex Families and Carers

Supports families affected by someone with a dual diagnosis of substance misuse and mental health problems. We offer 1-1's and support groups in Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill. Get in touch if you would like support from us or would like to volunteer. Tel: 07920 786352 or 07795 953951.
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Grosvenor House Residential Care Home

(Greensleeves Homes Trust) Residential care for the elderly 24-hour care, nurse call system, mobile library, visiting haridresser. Contact Mrs. Janet Fox (manager), 11-14 Grosvenor Gardens, St Leonards, (01424) 423831.

Hastings Age Concern

50 Robertson Street, Hastings, TN34 1HL, advice and information for older people and those concerned about them. Mon-Fri 10am - 1pm and 2-4.30pm except Weds 10am - 1pm only. (01424) 426162.

Alzheimer's Society

St Anne's Centre, Conquest Hospital, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN37 7RD Tel: 01323 727127.

Arthritis Care

Hastings Branch, Hon.Sec P.M. Jones (01424) 853591.

The Association of Carers

Charity No.1159551. Provides free volunteer led support to unpaid Carers across East Sussex, including Respite and Befriending, Computer Help at Home, Telephone Talk and Support Service and more. (01424) 722309.

Hastings A.P.C.M.I.

The Association for the Pastoral Care of the Mentally Ill, befriending scheme, support for people in the community who are isolated as a result of mental illness, contact Claire Jowitt, Co-ordinator, 49 Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, (01424) 424152.

Colitis and Crohns Coastal Area Group

c/o David Alexander, 10 Frobisher Close, Eastbourne, BN23 6UT (01323) 411667.

Hastings and Rother Crossroads Care Attendant Scheme

135 Hughenden Road, Hastings, (01424) 444964. Contact Mrs Jan Cackett. Free respite service for carers of disabled person at home to give carer a break.

East Sussex Young Carers

Young Carers aged 5-18 can receive respite from their caring role, socialise with their peers, receive tailored support and information from East Sussex Young Carers. We also provide social groups called Chill Clubs around the county, 1:1 support, school support groups, workshops and respite activities. For more information or to make a referral visit our website or call 0300 777 2011. Volunteers welcome to join the Chill Club team once a month and help with games, cooking, crafts and sports.
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East Sussex Association for the Blind and
Partially Sighted

Mrs. C. Galsworthy, West End, Herstmonceux, BN27 4NH, (01323) 832252, support and social groups for the blind and partially sighted in Bexhill, Battle/Burwash and Rye/Winchelsea.

Hastings and Rother Diabetic Support Group

For more details contact Debby on 01424 729622 or Paul on 01424 203681.
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Hastings and Rother Diabetic Youngsters

44 Brookland Close, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2DF
Tel: 01424 729622

Hastings and Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind

Mrs Fieona Farrier-Twist, 383 Battle Road, St Leonards (01424) 853711, help, support, care, information and advice for visually impaired. Residential care at Healey House, with respite and holiday care. John Taplin Day Centre, providing full care facilities including chiropody, physiotherapy, bathing, hairdressing. Transport provided. Home visits and help available in Battle and throughout the Rother area. Meets Bexhill every Tuesday 2-4pm, St Peter's Community Centre. Volunteers wanted.

Hastings Torch Trust for the Blind and Partially Sighted

Mrs P Broughton, (01424) 438098, a religious service held 2nd Saturday of month at 3pm at the John Taplin Centre, followed by tea.

Bexhill Cancer Help Group

Contact Mike Shaw, 13 Ewell Court, Sutton Place, Bexhil, TN40 1PA (01424) 218871. Help and support for people with cancer and their families using the holistic approach.

Bexhill Caring Community

25 Sackville Road, Bexhill, TN39 3JD. Contact Mrs Jill Halsall (01424) 215116.

Care for the Carers

The Carers Centre for East Sussex, offering support for unpaid carers who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. A range of free services including information, advice, groups, counselling, training, events and the East Sussex Carers Card. Tel: (01323) 738390 or text: (07860) 077300
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National Childbirth Trust

Hastings and Rother Branch Information and support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood contact Rachel Shendall, (01580) 831791.

Cancer Helpline

Peggy Partridge, 27 Langham Road, Hastings, (01424) 428722.

The Memorial Care Centre

Peasmarsh Road, Rye Foreign, Rye, TN31 7UD, (01797) 223810 Chairman John Stevenson, Administrator Ann Hostler Fundraising Administrator (01797) 223810.

East Sussex Registered Care Homes Association

c/o St Peter's Grange, 24 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0LA, M.R. Elam, (01424) 423427.

East Sussex Residential Care Homes Association

74 London Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6AS; Mr A.F. Andrews (chairman) (01424) 712982.

Hastings and Rother Heart Support Group

Contact cardiac re-hab team (01424) 757565, meetings 2nd Monday of month at Bexhill Hospital Health Centre, 7.30 to 9pm. Contact Jackie Bashford 07815 667228.

PASS - Parents Against Supine Services

Information, advice and support to parents and carers with children and adults with learning difficulties, (01424) 781092. Hastings and Rother Crossroads Care Attendant Scheme
Mrs Jan Cackett, Co-ordinator, 135 Hughenden Road, Hastings, TN34 3TF, (01424) 444964, Fax 435972 supporting family carers looking after those in need of care.

Cruse Bereavement Line

(01424) 730432 or (020 8332 7227) 9.30 am to 5 pm weekdays only, for counselling information and practical advice about bereavement. Information about local groups and publication tel: 020 8940 4818. See 'Advice' for local groups.

Hastings and Rother Disability Forum

East Sussex Disability Association, 1 Faraday Close, Eastbourne, BN22 9BH.

Hastings & Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind

383 Battle Road, St Leonards, TN37 7BE, Contact Mrs Fieona Farrier-Twist, (01424) 853711. Supporting local blind and partially sighted people.
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Evangelism to the Elderly

Contact Paul Gunstone (01424) 222224.

Bexhill Gateway Club

for adults with learning difficulties; Mrs Koomar (01424) 225859.

Hastings Gateway Club

Youth and community organisation for teenagers and adults with mild or moderate learning disabilities. Contact Lesley Chapman, (01424) 753920. Conquest Adult Training Centre, Chichester Road, St. Leonards-On-Sea TN38 9BG

Home From Hospital Hastings and Rother

A free service for people over sixty coming out of hospital who need both practical and emotional support, co-ordinator (01424) 440333.

Link Hands Phone

Children's disability information line Mon-Fri 9am to 12 noon (01424) 422617. Support for the families of handicapped and disabled children.

Hastings and Bexhill Mencap

Frimley House, 64 London Road, St Leonards, Mrs G. Holmes, (01424) 424813. Frimley Active and creative arts courses. Open Door Day Care (01424) 718223.

Hastings Shopmobility

Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Queens Road, Hastings, TN34 1DH, Jo Priddle co-ordinator (01424) 447847.

British Red Cross

Contact the Organiser, Newgate Hall, Newgate Road, St Leonards (01424) 425342. Medical loan service open 10.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Saturday.

St John Ambulance H/Q

Summerfields, Bohemia Road, Hastings: Divisional Supt John Freedman. First aid cover at events, private Ambulance Service, first aid courses/training. (01424) 421105.

Hastings Talking Newspaper Association

Talking newspapers for the blind. Contact Sue Dawson, 64 The Croft, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3HH. (01424) 447933.

Hastings and District St Raphael Club

Meetings held every Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Church Hall, Upper Church Road, St Leonards for the physically disabled. Mrs E. Scales (01424) 428905.

The Fellowship of St Nicholas

A local charity delivering a range of services for children, young people and families from two centres. Full details on our website or by phone 01424 423683 or 01424 855222.
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Hastings and District Stoma Support Group

Mr Tony White, 29 Fieldway, Broad Oak, Brede, (01424) 882592, and Mrs May Selves (01424) 773879 and Mr. Haggata (01424) 842481. Meets 2nd Wednesday of the months March/May/July/Sept/Nov ,meeting room, Bexhill Hospital. Mutual support and social contact for those who have a colostomy, an ileostomy or urostomy.

Mental Health Advocacy Project

Contact Anne Dawson (01424) 441597; Alison Peters and Geoff Barnes, 42 Robertson Street, Hastings, TN34 1HL.

Myasthenia Gravis East Sussex Support Group

Advice line (01424) 751345. Sussex branch sec (01273) 585938. National Freephone 0800 91 99 22.

Partners in Advocacy Learning Disability Project

Contact Trudy Allen, (01424) 441562.

Pregnancy Crisis Service

Thurs 10am to noon, Boundaries, The Ridge, (01424) 421934. Answer-phone out of hours.

S.A.R.A.H. - Stroke Association Relatives and Helpers

Mrs. E. Pearce, 75 Harold Road, Hastings, TN35 5NJ, (01424) 446192.

Supportive Learning - HCAT

6 St Saviour's Road, St Leonards, contact Judith Guest (01424) 720978.

Vegetarian Housing Association (Homes for elderly vegetarians)

'Quarry Wood', 23 Grange Road, Hastings TN34 2RL, contact Manager Mrs Elizabeth Flack, (01424) 751119.

Venture Club (Physically Disabled)

Meets third Friday every month, Ore Community Centre, contact Mrs E.K. Lee, 92 Hoadswood Road, Hastings, TN34 2BA, (01424) 721725.

Victim Support - Hastings

Hastings and Rother for victims of crime, No.6 First Floor Suite, 6 Cambridge Road, Hastings., (01424) 424393.

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