Support for older people

mental health support for older people

Would you like some support with your mental well-being and the opportunity to meet up with others?

We support older people in Bognor, Chichester and Midhurst and surrounding areas

Communities in Mind in Bognor and Chichester

We help people over 65 in the Bognor and Chichester areas who are feeling low, have depression, anxiety or other mental health problem, or are simply feeling isolated.

How can Mind support me?

We invite you to come and join us for:

  • Social meetings
  • Arts and creative activities
  • Physical well-being sessions
  • Mindfulness and mental well-being
  • One-to-one support.

There will be 10 sessions per month across the Bognor and Chichester areas. Our experienced mental health area manager Jo Bulis and her team will help you create a personal support plan, appropriate for your individual needs..

Our social meetings will be an opportunity to meet others in a friendly and relaxed environment.

All our different sessions, whether focusing on creativity, conversation, physical or mental well-being, aim to increase confidence, self-esteem and encourage independence.


As part of our Communities in Mind service for older people in Bognor and Chichester, we will have volunteer befrienders in the community. These volunteers will support people who may be socially isolated or have lost confidence in getting out and about, for example, because they have been recently bereaved. Our befrienders are there to support people whose mental health issues might be a barrier to them enjoying life to the full in their community.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our Communities in Mind support, please call Jo Bulis on:

07495 077341

Opportunities in Midhurst

If you are in Midhurst and the local rural areas please ring us on 07474 871899 and we will help find the right group for you. Some of the activities and support for older people in Midhurst includes:

  • Colouring for well-being in the library on Mondays
  • Active Minds, structured small group sessions based on cognitive stimulation therapy techniques for people with early stages of memory loss.
  • Dementia hub, where you can drop in for information and advice. Both Active Minds and the Dementia Hub run alongside Rother Valley lunch club at the Grange Community and Leisure Centre on Tuesdays.
  • Our music group meets on Wednesdays, a lively and fun session of music and singing
  • People receiving support from us can enjoy a quarterly outing or special activity such as theatre trips and museum visits.

For all of these activities carers and cared for can join in together but we can also offer some respite opportunities for carers who are looking for a break.


When does it take place?
Every Tuesday, from 10am to 1pm

Where is it?
The Willow Room, The Grange Leisure Centre, Midhurst, GU29 9BD.

What does it cost?
Depends on activity


Mental health support

"I have particularly enjoyed the warmth of welcome and easy friendships.” 

- older person, Bognor


Support for carers

A key part of our services is the support we provide to carers. Whether you are caring for an older person with dementia or are the parent of a young person struggling with anxiety, you may want advice and support. We offer respite services, friendly relaxed group and social activities, tips on coping and the opportunity to get support through sharing experiences with others.

To find out more, please click the links for carers of older people or carers of young people

You can also find out about local carer support services, along with contact details, in our Useful information section.

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