What is this service?

Creating Connections is a prevention service for those aged 65 and over. It aims to reduce loneliness and isolation in Worthing through companionship, shared interests, and community participation. It is hoped, that by reducing social isolation and loneliness, we can contribute to supporting people to remain living independently, for as long as possible. The service is a warm welcoming service.

Creating Connections provides a range of Worthing based opportunities and activities co-designed by people aged 65+ for members. Specifically, it includes:

  • Weekly face-to-face group activities, such as seated exercise, Music & Movement, crafts, quizzes, bingo, lunch clubs and book clubs, a mutual support group for those experiencing bereavement, swimming, table tennis, Singing for Fun and much more
  • All the above sessions are FREE unless otherwise indicated. Tea/Coffee/Biscuits is £1.
  • Monthly timetable sent out to registered members to book onto sessions.
  • One-to-one ‘outcomes based befriending’ supported by a matched volunteer, either via the phone, in the community, or in people’s homes. This will be for 12 weeks support initially to help focus on a specific personalised aim/goal - such as building confidence with going shopping/walks/use public transport alone or to join social/activity groups.
  • Monthly social events, including Sunday lunch, Marine Gardens Coffee, and a Cake and Chat Club.

Return Transport is £6.25 (only available in Worthing). Groups are currently being held at The Bradbury Centre, Methold House (Annexe), and The Lovett Hub

Please note this is an independent service and anyone attending must be independent as we are unable to provide any extra support with personal care or mobilisation (with or without mobility equipment)

Wheelchair users are welcomed but must be able to self-propel if using a manual wheelchair & be able to transfer themselves independently. 

This service is made possible by funding from West Sussex County Council and fundraised income.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact our Creating Connections Team. You can email [email protected] or call 01903 528635

Want to volunteer?

Creating Connections is a volunteer led service and we need a range of people who are willing to share their time and their talents in one of the following ways:

Volunteer Driver – driving a minibus to pick up a small group of older people from their homes, to bring to a Creating Connections Club, when they are unable to access public transport.

Meet and Greeter – Welcoming people, taking part in group activity sessions, and serving refreshments.

Small Group Leaders – Co-ordinating an activity session and enabling people to feel at home and engage with their chosen activities. For example, flower arranging, photography, cake decorating, local history etc

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Team via our online form.

What's coming up?

To find which groups we are running in the coming months please click below to view the timetables. 

September 2023

See our September leaflet here 

October 2023