Disability Awareness

What does Disability Awareness mean to you?

Can you tell if a person has a disability just by looking at them?

The leaflet below has been written by members of Eastbourne Access Group who all have a disability or work / care for someone who has one.
It will help you to understand a little more about how you can help people with a disability. (Please note the leaflet has our old email and web address)

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Visual Impairment Awareness

Eastbourne Blind Society 01323 729511.

Hearing loss, DeafBlind, Deafened Awareness and information on Hearing Loops

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 01323 722505.

General Disability Awareness

Possability People 01424 234460.


Making Eastbourne a dementia friendly community

Dementia Friends sessions are being held all over Eastbourne by Dementia Friends Champions, trained volunteers free of charge for staff and volunteers of businesses, support groups, charities who are working with the public and for families who have someone with dementia.

When you attend a session it takes about an hour. It gives an insight into living with dementia with fun exercises and analogies.

Five things you should know about dementia:
1. It is not a natural part of ageing.
2. It is caused by diseases of the brain.
3. It is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks.
4. It is possible to live well with dementia.
5. There is more to a person than the dementia

Once you have completed the session you are asked to become Dementia Friends and help to create a more dementia-friendly community.

You will be given a badge then asked ‘What will your Dementia Friends action be?’ for example

• Wear my badge and tell 5 friends about the initiative.
• Have a personal action – be more patient when out in the community.
• Campaign for change – sign up to the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia.
• Get in touch and stay in touch with someone I know living with dementia.
If you cannot attend a Dementia Friends session you can do it online
You can also become a trained volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, the website gives more information.

After the volunteer members of the Eastbourne Access Group attended a Dementia Friends session at their February 2016 meeting, the Group’s action pledge is

• to promote the Dementia Friends sessions
via our website and Facebook page.

• Volunteer Members to tell their group(s)
members, colleagues, friends and families
about this free awareness training so
Eastbourne becomes a dementia-friendly town

Other contacts regarding dementia:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ Sussex helpline 01403 213017

Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance  01323 385285

Adult Health & Social Care Connect 0345 60 80 191

Memory Lane Eastbourne for social activities like singing, dancing, cinema for people with dementia and their carers,  07800 874361.



Autism Stress Alert Card

The Stress Alert Card gives families of autistic young individuals a priority checkout service when they visit Stores, banks, Libraries and other Public Services. Find out more via their website


Embrace, East Sussex supporting children and young people with special needs and disabled 01323 404775.