Peer support

Photograph of patient and loved one having a cup of tea and chatting at our Peer Support Group

Our support workers host events bringing people together so they can connect socially with other people who have a similar diagnosis. This can help people adjust to their diagnosis.

What are peer support groups?

We know that living with memory problems can feel isolating. We host two peer support groups each month, one for people with dementia and one for people with mild cognitive impairment. Everyone who is referred to the Memory Assessment Service and diagnosed with either dementia or mild cognitive impairment is welcome to join these sessions.

We invite guests and speakers from other local services to help people understand what’s available and how other services might be able to help. We are passionate about helping people live rich and fulfilling lives and these groups can be very helpful opportunities for new and important connections to me made. They can also be great fun and help you to live a more active and fulfilling life.

Who goes to peer support groups?

People with memory problems from across Brighton and Hove attend our peer support groups. Loved ones and caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Memory Support Workers from our team host these social gatherings along with someone from the team at the Carers Hub.

When and where support groups happen

Peer support groups happen twice a month:

  • For people with dementia and their loved ones: 2pm – 3.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month
  • For people experiencing mild cognitive impairment and their loved ones: 2pm – 3.30pm on second Wednesday of each month

These sessions happen at Brooke Mead, 40 Albion Street, Brighton, BN2 9AJ.

The ‘beauty’ of these meetings is learning about other things that are going on…sharing experiences.

Peer support group participant

What happens at a peer support group meeting

The events are relaxed and informal. In the first part of the session we will welcome you with a cup of tea or coffee and you will hear from a guest speaker from a local support service such as Ageing Well, Age UK, Fire Service and Public Health England to name a few. Each month will have a different speaker from a different service or organisation.

Our guest speakers will tell you about support that is available locally to you and your loved ones and answer any question you might have.

Memory Support Workers are also on hand to answer questions or share useful information about other events or activities that may be of interest.

In the second part of the session, caregivers and loved ones are able to meet separately and there are also social activities and a chance for patients to have a chat and connect with their Memory Support Worker.

How to attend a peer support group meeting

To join the next peer support group session please contact us to confirm your attendance, as spaces are limited.

Our phone number is 0300 555 0175 and our email address is

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