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The Sunflower Centre is for people over 50 with dementia who are unsuitable for social day care because of a need for greater attention and stimulation or a more secure environment.

Daily activities include: music therapy plus art and crafts. Lunch is included.

High staffing care levels in a kind and caring environment.

The Sunflower Centre is open Monday to Thursday 9:30am- 3:00pm.

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The service offers people with dementia

  • An enjoyable day out in a safe environment
  • Care from trained staff
  • Possibility of living in their own home longer
  • Social skills from being in company

For further information and enquiries, please contact:

Sunflower Centre Manager: Sally Barclay on 01304 614237

The service offers carers

  • Relief from their caring responsibilities
  • Knowledge that the person they care for is receiving a high standard of care
  • Support from other carers through regular group meetings
  • Access to other services provided by Age Concern Sandwich and signposting to other organisations.
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Sunflower News - March 2020


What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

Zara from Stillwell and Singleton has given us this information about Lasting Power of Attorney.

‘A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document giving another adult the legal authority to make certain decisions for you, if you become unable to make them yourself.
There are two types of LPA, one dealing with your property and finances, and one dealing with your health and welfare.
There are numerous benefits to having an LPA in place, namely that you retain control over who will be dealing with your assets and your wellbeing should you lose capacity, and that making an LPA makes things easier for your family in the future.

You can make an LPA at any time provided you are over 18 and have mental capacity.
You can appoint anyone to be your attorneys, provided they are people you trust, they are not bankrupt and are also over 18.

If you do not have mental capacity, but your family need to make decisions on your behalf, an application can be made to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order.
This is more expensive and time consuming than an application for an LPA, so it is important to put them in place as early as possible.’

To find out more come along to the Drop-in Clinic on Thursday 26th March 2020 between 2 and 4 pm, where Zara will be able to help you

Music for Well-Being

Age Concern Sandwich are delighted to be able to host a Music for Well-being session on Friday 6th March 2020, 11 – 12noon. If you enjoy music and singing come along to this free session


Dates for your Diary

Monday Mayhem

Join Claire from 11am every Monday starting the 9th March as she leads a music and movement session. A good opportunity to have fun and make friends. Then why not stay on for lunch!

Sandwich Friends Group at Eastry

The Sandwich Friends Group will meet at The Five Bells, Eastry on the first Tuesday of the month, with the next groups being Tuesday 3rd March and 7th April 2020, 10.30 – 12.30.
Refreshments are provided, I hope you can join them.

Brought to you by Avelo Care and Age Concern as a Sandwich Dementia Action Alliance initiative, working together to build dementia friendly communities.

Sunflower Cafe

Sunflower Café will be Wednesday 11th March 2020, 10.30 - 12 noon, in the TV Lounge at Age Concern.
Please join me for coffee, tea, and good conversation. All welcome. Then why not stay for lunch, £6.50 for two courses.

** Please note the new time! **

Sandwich Friends Group at The Red Cow

Sandwich Friends Group will meet at The Red Cow on Thursday 26th March, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Refreshments are provided.

Brought to you by Avelo Care and Age Concern as a Sandwich Dementia Action Alliance initiative, working together to build dementia friendly communities.

** Please note the new time! **

Dementia Drop in Clinic

Will take place on Thursday 26th March, 2:00 – 4:00pm in the upstairs Dining Room at Age Concern Sandwich.
This is an excellent opportunity to get support from the Memory Service doctor and nurse from Gregory House at St Martin’s, Avelo Care and Stillwell and Singleton

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All are welcome to any of our events and are good opportunities to access support, meet new friends, enjoy good conversation and have fun!
If there is a subject area or organisation you would like to know more about, please let us know and we can arrange for that to happen.

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Monthly Dementia Lunch Club.

Every Monday

Two courses for £6.50.

Our lunches provide a great way to socialise and meet others who share similar life experiences.

Booking required contact Sally Barclay Telephone: 01304 614237.

Sunflower Cafe

Every 2nd Wednesday.

A chance to meet others in a similar situation.

COGS - A Club For People With Mild Dementia

COGS Club - Every Friday from 10am to 3pm.

  • A COGS session consists of a full day of activity, stimulation, music and fun for a person with mild dementia or memory-loss problems.
    The weekly sessions last for as long as a member can benefit.
  • COGS provides the opportunity for them to recall or develop new skills in activities and to facilitate transfer of these skills to activities at home.
  • COGS also provides the family/carer with a day's respite.

The criteria for joining the club is that each member is able to participate actively in the activities, is self-caring and has the willingness to be part of the group.

For further information and enquiries, please contact:

Sunflower Centre Manager: Sally Barclay on 01304 614237


At Risk of Going Missing Form

Have you heard of the At Risk of Going Missing form?

The At Risk of Going Missing Form provides detailed information about a person’s background and history, such as routes frequented, general health information, places they like to go, to help police to identify priority areas to search, often speeding up the time taken to find them, particularly if the person is vulnerable.

The form allows all this information to be documented in advance and kept in a safe place by families and carers so they can be found quickly if a loved one is reported missing.

The Sunflower Centre has copies of this form or alternatively follow the link.

www.kent.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/kent/campaigns/2019/vulnerable-adults/at-risk-of-going-missing.pdf


Barry Dale of Sandwich Rotary, presentation for joint charities Sunflower and Age Concern Sandwich for his fundraising throughout year

Donations to Age Concern Sandwich

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