There are all sorts of support groups which people in Storrington can turn to for help. They are run by both volunteers and professionals. If you have a particular issue and need help or advice, scan this list to see if there is a group that might meet your needs.
There is help for people of all ages and many situations, so it’s worth taking a look. Check the notes on the tile, follow the link, or give them a call, if you’re not sure whether a particular group can help you. They are all interested to hear from you and will try to guide you to another organisation if they can’t help you themselves.
Age-UK Dementia ClubAge-UK Dementia ClubTuesdays 10.00am to 3.00pm
The dementia clubs provide a happy social occasion for up to twelve people at each club across the rural area of Horsham District. The clubs offer activities to suit individual member’s interests, hobbies and abilities as well as provide opportunity for carers to have valuable respite.
A hot 2 course meal is provided as well as other refreshments throughout the day.
Age-UK Home ServicesAge-UK Home Services
Our wide ranging Home Services for older people cover the whole of Horsham District, from Amberley and Bramber in the south to Rudgwick and Rusper in the north.
Carers Support Group – Drop inCarers Support Group – Drop in3rd Monday of each month 2.30pm until 4pm
ChildLineChildLineContact ChildLine anytime – calls are free and confidential.
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything – no problem is too big or too small.
Contact ChildLine anytime – calls are free and confidential.
Citizens Advice BureauCitizens Advice BureauFirst Tuesday and third Monday of the month, 10.00am to 1.00pm.
What we provide
We offer general advice on debt, housing, welfare benefits, employment, consumer problems, family issues, legal issues and many other areas. We run a number of different services in partnership with other organisations, to ensure clients can access to the most relevant information for their needs.
Who it is for
Everyone who needs advice.
Our service is free of charge to everyone, regardless of your financial situation.
Counselling DirectoryCounselling DirectoryFind a counsellor or psychotherapist near you.
* A nationwide database of counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover.
* A detailed library of fact-sheets featuring information about how counselling might be able to help with what’s worrying you.
* A types of therapy section that explains the different models of counselling and psychotherapy that are used by practitioners.
* Full profiles for each counsellor and psychotherapist including background information, specialist areas, fees and location.
* A comprehensive yet quick and easy search that allows individuals to search by radius and refine using different filters.
* A helpful FAQs section, providing those in need with the answers they require.
* A section featuring expert articles written by professional counsellors and psychotherapists.
* A Recent news section featuring a summary of related media headlines.
* A local events section for the public and professionals, featuring details of counselling related events taking place near you.
* A facts & figures section that features interesting and relevant statistics about mental health.
Independent LivesIndependent Lives
Independent Lives is a user led charity working towards a society where everyone can live their life independently, regardless of any disability, care need or caring responsibility.
Independent Lives provides a range of support services for people with disabilities, care needs and caring responsibilities to enable them to lead full, active and independent lives. Our core work focuses on providing a Direct Payments support service to help people arrange and manage their own personalised care and support.
We also work to give disabled people a voice on the issues that are important to them by raising awareness, challenging misconceptions and influencing policy, so that together we can break down barriers and work towards a society where disabled people and carers have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Mental Health FoundationMental Health Foundation
We are working towards a world with good mental health, and ending the inequalities that face people experiencing mental health problems, living with learning disabilities or reduced mental capacity.
We develop and run research and delivery programmes across the UK that have, for more than six decades, given us the evidence and expertise to know what works and how to intervene earlier.
We use what we learn to help everyone by offering straightforward and clear information on every aspect of mental health and learning disabilities.
Our advice also helps people help the people they care about too – in their families, their communities or their work. We influence policymakers and advocate for changes in services, using firm evidence and the voices of people with direct experience of the issues.
We are prepared to “speak truth to power” and to campaign on the issues that affect public mental health and wellbeing and the lives of people who have, or are close to someone with a learning disability. We aim to inspire the development of a society free from stigma and discrimination, where everyone can achieve their potential to flourish and thrive.
Mind – for better mental healthMind – for better mental healthCoastal West Sussex
We are a local mental health charity providing help and support to local people and their families in Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Chichester.
Respecting the needs and rights of individuals to have control of their lives, we aim to empower people with mental health needs to be as independent as possible and help them to benefit from optimum support and activities in their community
We offer help to people on their road to recovery and support them to lead a fulfilling life within their community. People are offered help and advice on:
Improving their physical health and mental wellbeing
Strengthening their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Building strong relationships with family, friends and communities
Learning new skills and ways of solving problems
Getting into education, training and work
Achieving their personal and social goals
We work hard to tackle the stigma and discrimination which continue to affect the lives of people with mental health problems. We believe that by challenging destructive prejudice, we can help to improve the experience of people with mental health problems in their local communities.
Out & About in Good CompanyOut & About in Good Company Contact: Sue Povey
Out and About in Good Company
Travel and days out can sometimes be quite difficult for those of us who live on our own as I have experienced. There are often times when everyone seems to be part of a couple, no matter how well meaning our friends are. I have organised group travel for 10 years or more, both in the UK and abroad, and I belong to the Group Travel Organisers’ Association and so I thought I would like to set up opportunities for other fairly active people who live alone to enjoy days out, garden visits, theatre visits and short holidays with me. It is usually the case that if bookings are made as a group we can all benefit from reduced group rates or tickets.
It is not my intention to clash with any other local organisation or to set up a new club. My idea is to have an informal group of people who would like to choose to attend something on offer occasionally and enjoy the company of others, whilst hopefully benefitting from offers made to those participating as part of a group. I will organise this as a non profit making venture to help others in the situation I find myself in. I am gathering a list of email addresses from people who have expressed an interest and these will be kept fully confidential.
For further information and to register an interest please contact SUE POVEY email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Community Support TeamPolice Community Support Team Contact: PCSO Carol Boniface
Pulborough Community TransportPulborough Community Transport Contact: Mike Clenshaw
Volunteer drivers use their own cars to help senior residents, who may have difficulty in using public transport, to get to essential appointments such as hospital, doctors and dentists. For those who have difficulty in using private cars, we have a purpose built vehicle with its own luxury wheelchair with fitted headrest. It is also available for social purposes. A modest charge is made to cover expenses. We travel (by arrangement) within the Pulborough District and as far afield as our local hospitals.
Rethink Mental IllnessRethink Mental Illness
Rethink Advice And Information Service
The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers rights. They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.
SamaritansSamaritansIf something’s troubling you, get in touch:
People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to them.
You don’t have to be suicidal.
You are welcome to visit us and talk to a Samaritan volunteer face-to-face. You don’t need to make an appointment, and you will be able to speak to us in a private, safe, and non-threatening environment. We will give you the time and space to talk through your problems in complete confidence.
Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 9:00am – 9:00pm daily.
We do occasionally close during these times. You can always phone first to check.
Steyning & District Good Neighbours AssociationSteyning & District Good Neighbours Association
Would you like to become a Good Neighbour?
If you can help, please call 816181
Our coordinators match random requests for transport with volunteer drivers who are available on that day and at that time.
We transport mainly the elderly, disabled and housebound for medical appointments; local shopping; visiting; social activities.
We are funded by donations and reimburse all driving expenses.
Anyone needing a lift also call 816181
Storrington (West Sussex) MinibusStorrington (West Sussex) Minibus Contact: Jim James
West Sussex Minibus is a charity run entirely by volunteers, and we have been helping people get out and about in West Sussex for the last 35 years. Our minibuses take people from their homes to do the shopping and to get out and about on social events. We are a non profit making organisation, run entirely by volunteers and supported mainly by subscription and donation.
We were originally formed to provide and operate transport facilities as a social service for those residents of West Sussex who are unable to reasonably use public transport. This generally means the rural areas of the county and currently we have a service in 45 villages. We are constantly reviewing local requirements to see if we can help elsewhere. There are few, if any, restrictions as to who can take advantage of our minibuses. Use is not restricted to individuals, many charitable groups, clubs and other organisations are welcomed by the Association to use the minibuses. The objects of the Association allow each Division to decide who may or may not use their minibuses and almost always a request is approved.
To travel on the minibus you will need to become a member of the Minibus Association or your group needs to join (e.g. Scout Pack). A modest fee is charged both for membership and individual journeys.
It couldn’t be easier for a member of the Minibus Association to use the minibus for an outing or for shopping. Just find the trip you want to go on, ring up the booking officer and reserve a place. On the day the minibus arrives at your gate – allow a bit of leeway for picking up your fellow passengers – we help you on the bus – and we take you to the shops. When it’s time to go home we load up your shopping – take you home – and help you to your door with your shopping.
Nothing could be easier – and you make friends.
Storrington Area Help SchemeStorrington Area Help SchemeA group of volunteers who use their own cars to transport to and from medical appointments
Storrington Area Help Scheme – become a volunteer
What is it?
A group of volunteers who use their own car to transport to and from medical appointments.
Who is eligible to get help?
Anyone who has no other means of getting to a medical appointment.
How can I get help?
Phone the office 01903 742124 between 9am and 12 noon, on weekdays. Please give as much notice as possible, and preferably at least 48 hours.
How much does it cost?
There is no fixed charge, but a realistic donation towards the cost of the service is appreciated. We reimburse our drivers at 40p per mile.
How far do you travel?
We drive to all the hospitals in West Sussex, and occasionally as far away as Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as all the local surgeries; doctors, dentists, chiropodists, opticians etc.
How many drivers do you have?
Currently the pool of volunteer drivers is diminishing: we have 30 drivers living in Storrington, and a few others who live in West Chiltington, Washington and Ashington.
Who can be a driver?
If you hold a clean driving licence and have comprehensive insurance, the Co-ordinator would love to hear from you. A mileage allowance of 40p per mile (the approved rate by Revenue & Customs) is paid.
How often would I have to drive?
No regular commitment is required. You are contacted from the office and asked to undertake a specific journey. If you are not at home when they ring, they move on to someone else. And you can always say no if it is not convenient. The majority of the drivers do, on average, one job per week, although there are some who are very willing and do more. It is up to you. During 2009 the office, which is in a room within Trinity Methodist Church, received 1345 requests from 270 different clients, covering 21,176 miles.
Do you ever decline a request?
Very occasionally, due to a shortage of drivers we have had to decline a request. We do not wish to see a service which has been in existence for more than 35 years deteriorate or fold.
So please can you help by volunteering?
Phone 01903 742124 – A First Class Event!
Storrington Area Responder Team (START)Storrington Area Responder Team (START) Contact: Brenda Bell
When a 999 call is received by the ambulance service, a volunteer community responder who is on call is alerted and dispatched, in addition to an ambulance. Due to our rural location it is likely that a responder will arrive first.
Prior to the arrival of the ambulance, responders are trained to deliver life saving treatment which includes the use of an automated defibrillator.
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