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Dementia Matters 

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Information for people in the Lymington and New Forest area who are affected by dementia and living in the community

People with dementia can continue to live independently in the community for longer if they have the right support. With appropriate activities available on a regular basis they can continue to socialise and enjoy doing the things they used to do, and take up new activities too.  Carers get some respite and a chance to meet and chat with others dealing with the same issues.


This information has been prepared by Lymington Dementia Action Group to help those affected by dementia in the Lymington and New Forest area. Please use the links provided, for more detailed information as relevant.

There are also Dementia Information Points where you can find printed copies of this information: in local GP surgeries, Lymington New Forest Hospital, Waitrose, Tesco, St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, and Lymington Community Centre.

Lymington Dementia Action Group

Lymington Dementia Action Group https://www.lymington.com/lymington-dementia-action-group  is a local group of volunteers which can provide access to advice, support, companionship and activities, for people with dementia and their carers.

If you would like someone from the group to assist you to find the information you need please email or call in the first instance:

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A good starting point: the Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. It provides information and support for people affected by dementia including care and research funding and has local branches throughout the UK.

Referrals for its Dementia Support Service can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The local Dementia Support Worker for Lymington and New Forest is Carol Whittaker who works Monday to Thursdays and can be contacted on 07860 912272 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assessments are conducted by telephone, with home visits when needed. Factsheets can be provided about different types of Dementia and also booklets about making your home Dementia friendly. In some circumstances arrangements can be made for provision of care.

People with a new diagnosis are usually referred to Andover Mind. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Vicky Growcott is their Dementia Advisor for the Lymington area. 

Andover Mind can make referrals to Argenti for free Telecare equipment such as lifelines and fall sensors.

The Alzheimers Society Dementia Connect helpline is 03331503456.

Local advice and support

Silverlinks, free home visits for information and advice to older people, 07825 168364 

Helping Older People New Forest, (HOPE) charity shop, information and advice including basic financial advice, 9 Mallard Buildings, Station Road, New Milton, BH25 6HY    01425 629009        Talk to Jo – this is good

New Forest Disability Information Service, information and advice to those of any age affected by disability, www.newforestdis.org.uk, 01425 628750                                                                                                 

Legal and financial advice

Attendance allowance, Department of Work and Pensions, helps pay for care if you are over 65 and need help with personal care, www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance                                                                                                                       

Eligibility for 25% reduction in Council Tax, New Forest District Council, www.newforest.gov.uk/article/530/Council-Tax-Discounts  for people with a diagnosis of dementia and at least one other qualifying benefit 02380 285000      

Blue Badge To apply for or new a Blue Badge disabled parking permit go to https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge                             

Citizens Advice New Forest, free information and advice on a wide range of problems, Court Mews, 28a New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ.  https://newforestcab.org.uk/contact-us/lymington/  0300 3309 009

Age Concern New Forest, practical information on health, housing, home security, benefits, pensions, support and advocacy in approaching other agencies, including Social Services, New Forest District Council, The Pension Service and the Health Service, and a number of support services,02380 841199 ageconcernnfe.btck.co.uk/

Allied Services Trust, Deborah Pardoe, an affordable charity assisting with planning, provision and preparation for possible mental incapacity, wills and power of attorney, www.alliedservicestrust.org

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), charity provides support to veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents, www.ssafa.org.uk 

If you struggle with getting information from or accessing any of the above, you can get help from Silverlink - see above under Local Support

Local activities 

Wellbeing at the Coates Centre

The Coates Centre is part of Oakhaven Hospice, contact: 01590 677198, The Hub, Lower Pennington Lane, SO41 8ZZ. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dementia Support Group, Memoryworks and drop in any time

The Dementia Support Group currently meets weekly on Tuesdays 10.30 - 12 noon in the Oak Room between 10.30am and 12noon. If you contact Louise above, she will put you in touch with Cynthia who runs the group, to make contact with you for a chat – or simply drop in to a session.

From January on Tuesday mornings The Coates Centre will also host Memoryworks: Cognitive Stimulation Therapy sessions for anyone with mild to moderate dementia. These sessions are run as part of a rolling 14 week course. More information can be found from Elena Prieto-Riuz at memoryworks.org.uk

Besides the group, the Coates Centre is then available for anyone living with dementia to drop-in. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a cuppa. There are also Art sessions on a Monday and Thursday morning in the Hub and if appropriate people with dementia are welcome to attend these too.  

Art classes with Art Dementia New Forest 

Art Dementia New Forest offers painting with support and help, contact Annabel Collenette, 01590 679838, mobile 07855 985375, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other local activities

Dementia Adventure, respite holidays for people with dementia and carers, dementiaadventure.co.uk

Mind for you, supported holidays, http://www.mindforyou.co.uk/

Anything grows, dementia friendly allotmentsBecton Lane Allotment Site, New Milton BH25 7DL, Tuesdays 10 – 1, Thursdays 1 – 4, Susan Wiffen 07884 300641 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sue Batt 07882 229640 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. https://www.newmiltontowncouncil.gov.uk/service/dementia-friendly-allotments/

Together in Harmony, active music-making for people with dementia and carers, Frances Attwood, 01590 718749, mobile 07500 117814, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

hART (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy), creative therapeutic and recreational activities to support mental health and well-being, https://www.hart.works/ 01590 435045

Memoryworks, Elena Prieto-Ruiz, cognitive stimulation therapy 023 8028 6342, www.memoryworks.org.uk  Fenwick Health and Well-being Centre, Pike Hill, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NG

New Forest Live at Home, Katie Rickman, events and outings, 07843 112138 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                                           


Care Navigators Supporting those aged 65+ based at each doctor’s surgery                                                                                                                               

Princess Royal Trust for Carers, information and advice for carers, setting up emergency care plan.   Mondays and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm - 0808 808 7777 www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/talk-to-us                                                             

Lymington Care Group, volunteer transport for medical appointments, 01590 679187 www.lymington.com/lymington-voluntary-care-group

Hampshire Adult Serviceswww.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/contact connecttosupporthampshire

Practical support                                                                                                                             

Blue Lamp Trust, Bobby Schemefree home security visits, smoke alarms and advice, www.bluelamptrust.org.uk                                                                                                                                             

Trust in Blue, retired police officers undertaking decorating, disabled adaptations and general indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks, 0800 225 0225                                                                                                                                 

Take a Break for carers, up to 3 hours a week care relief, accessed through adult services https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/supportforcarers/respitebreak

Day Care Respite, following assessment by Hampshire adult services, Solent Mead, Lymington 01590 674687 or self-funding, Hartwood House, Lyndhurst 023 8028 4555, Osborne Lodge, New Milton, 01425 618248  Gore Grange, New Milton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Message in a bottle, keep personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location for emergency services, free bottle supplied from doctors, pharmacies.                                                                     

‘This is me’, a way of letting medical and social care staff know more about the person who has dementia, free forms available from Alzheimer’s Society.

Herbert Protocol, form used to find missing persons (best completed in advance!) hantsar.org/herbert-protocol/

Emergency Care Plan from Princess Royal Trust for Carers (see above)

Trackers and telecare products Dementia Advisor Service (see above) 0345 265 8003

Grocery delivery orders by telephone, 01425 619883, http://www.montanasonlinestore.co.uk/ 


Helpful articles and information



Dementia friendly events

Dementia friendly organisations


Dementia friendly Lymington events

Events organised in Lymington and surrounding areas by LDAG and other local organisations, including music events, sports events, tea dances and Dementia Friends meetings. Find out what's on in our Events Calendar.

A number of shops, places and organisations in Lymington are now 'dementia friendly' - for details, see Dementia friendly Lymington




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