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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 Friday 9:30am- 3:00pm.

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 December 2023

Christmas Craft Market

There will be a Christmas Craft Market at Age Concern Sandwich on Saturday 2nd December 2023 from 11am – 6pm. Start, or finish your Christmas shopping from a range of Arts and Craft stalls. Enjoy some refreshments, including mulled wine, soup and hot beverages and post a letter to Santa in the Postbox

Coffee and Carols

Put on your Christmas jumper and join us at St Richard’s Church Memory Café as we sing some carols and enjoy festive refreshments on Tuesday 12th December 2023, 4 – 6pm. This will be our last St Richard’s Memory Café of 2023, we be back on Tuesday 9th January 2024

Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party will be on Thursday 14th December 2023.
The day starts at 11am with Carol Singing from Sandwich Infant School.
Cost is £15,50 per person to include a welcome drink, Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, mince pies and entertainment. Vegetarian option available, please advise at time of booking.
Booking essential call 01304 614237.
There will be NO Sunflower Centre on this day to enable everyone to join in the Christmas Party.

Advance notices for January

aLive & Kicking at Cin Cin’s

To allow Tanya and her team to have a little break, there will be NO session at Cin Cin’s on Wednesday 3rd January 2024, we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 17th January 2024.

Wallace Collection

We will be welcoming Marc from the Wallace Collection, one of the world’s great on Tuesday galleries, to St Richard’s Memory Café on Tuesday 30th January 2024. Marc will be bringing some items from their collection for us to look at and draw ourselves.

Christmas Closing

Our last day before the Christmas holiday will be Friday 22nd December 2023. Age Concern and the Sunflower Centre re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2024. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dates for your Diary for November

Monday’s, Pilates at Age Concern Sandwich, 12.30 – 1.30 pm. At Age Concern Sandwich.

Tuesday’s, Music 4 Wellbeing, 10.30– 11.30am at Age Concern Sandwich.

Wednesday’s, Music and Movement Sessions at Age Concern Sandwich 2 – 3pm

Thursday’s Connect Well, 10 – 12 pm at Age Concern Sandwich. Not the 7th or 14th December.

Friday’s, Drums Alive at Age Concern Sandwich 2.30 – 3.30pm

  • Wednesday 6th December 2023 aLive & Kicking, live music at Cin Cin’s, 15a South Court, Deal CT14 8JW, 2 – 4 pm. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
  • Tuesday 12th December 2023, Coffee and Carols at Memory Café, St Richard’s Church, Mill Hill, Deal CT14 9JU 4 – 6pm. Every 2nd and last Tuesday of the month. NO session on 26th December 2023.
  • Wednesday 13th December 2023 Memory Café at Age Concern Sandwich, 10.30 – 12 noon. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
  • Thursday 14th December 2023, Age Concern Christmas Party.
  • Wednesday 20th December 2023, aLive & Kicking Live music at Cin Cin’s, 15a South Court, Deal CT14 8JW, 2 – 4 pm. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday.
  • Monday 18th December 2023, Hi Kent, Hearing aid after care including batteries. 9 – 10am at Age Concern Sandwich.
  • Thursday 21st December 2023. DDC Help Desk at Age Concern Sandwich, 10 – 12pm.
  • Friday 22nd December 2023, Social Prescribers Coffee Morning, 10 – 11.30 am noon. At Age Concern Sandwich.

Many of our events are free to attend but donations are gratefully received.

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AGE CONCERN SANDWICH are proud delivery partners of the Dementia & Me Co-ordinators for the Sandwich and Deal area.

You are eligible for support from our Dementia & Me Co-ordinators, with or without a diagnosis of dementia. The Dementia & Me Co-ordinators are a single point of access for help and support for all things dementia across the area.

Our Dementia & Me Co-Ordinators are able to visit you in your own home, create a support plan, and offer a wide range of support and advice.

Our Dementia & Me Co-Ordinators can help you:

  • Develop an adaptive support plan to help you manage changing needs throughout the dementia journey
  • Highlight the importance of a diagnosis and attend Memory Assessment appointments with you and your carer
  • Identify and arrange access to appropriate support groups for your diagnosis, offering support to take the first steps in these settings
  • By offering emotional support and advice around diagnosis and difficulties arising from dementia symptoms
  • Understand the services available locally and refer to and signpost to a wide variety of organisations with specialist expertise in dementia support or for other support needs

Though your co-ordinator may help you find more specialist advice in some instances, your assigned co-ordinator will remain with you throughout the process and act as a single point of contact, so that you don't have to see a different person for every problem you may encounter.

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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.

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