A successful bid for a county council grant will bring music, exercise and the opportunity for reminiscence to older people in Eastbourne.
The activities, many of which are designed to help people who have dementia, will be run at three extra care housing schemes in Eastbourne, Peacehaven and Uckfield, owned and run by the housing association Saxon Weald. The activities will be open to residents and people from the surrounding communities.
Alison Payne, Michele Andrews and Collette Burgman, who manage the schemes, which enable frail and vulnerable older people to live independently, were awarded a bursary of around £7, 500. The money will fund a number of projects, including a ‘Rockin’ Robins’ music therapy session, training for chair-based exercise classes and a weekly subscription to a reminiscence magazine.
Alison, who runs Cranbrook extra care scheme in Eastbourne, said, “The activities covered by the project will be offered at reasonable rates, held in an accessible area, involve community organisations and help break down social isolation for people, providing something to keep both mind and body healthy.” The activities are designed to be self-funding after the first year.