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Supporting people in need in Worthing - Guild Care

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 November 2014

Guild Care

Guild Care

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Guild Care is an incredible charity, very well known in Worthing, where it has been dedicated to caring and supporting families for over 80 years

Working as a team, the founders – a small team of dedicated volunteers, persuaded local people to pledge money for those in need. This meant that, well ahead of the ‘Welfare State’ in 1948, Guild Care (then known as the Worthing Council for Social Service) was leading the way with free school milk, free dental treatment for adolescents, grants and loans to those facing financial hardship, a soup kitchen, legal aid, subsidised or free footwear for those on low incomes and a rest cottage.

The charity has adapted over the years and responded to the many changing needs of people within the community, endeavouring to develop imaginative services to support people in need.

Guild Care provide, subsidise and support some of our county’s most vulnerable residents. This includes older people, children/young people with disabilities, and those who live with dementia. Their work touches the lives of thousands of families helping to make a real difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.

This month sees the completion of a three year project to build a new specialist dementia care home and wellbeing centre at Goring-by-Sea. The home, named Haviland House after the Revd Edmund Haviland, one of their founders, will support people throughout their dementia journey from living independently in the community with their family to more complex end-of-life care often seen with this debilitating disease. The largest challenge Guild Care has faced will be finding the funding to run their specialist dementia wellbeing centre which will offer a range of daily activities, information services, therapies and short term respite. In order to pay staff and run the centre seven days a week, a resource which is desperately needed, the charity will have to raise £300,000 each year. The dedicated dementia care centre has dining, activity, outdoor and therapy space and Guild Care will be working in partnership with local health and other voluntary organisations.

Dementia can affect people as young as 40 and over the next 30 years, the number of people with the illness will more than double. Already, there are more women dying of dementia than any other illness (ONS figures for 2013). Anything that Sussex Life readers are able to do will make an enormous difference to people living with dementia when the centre opens in January. The help you can provide, whether a few hours volunteering; helping with their fundraising events or campaigns; remembering them in your will or making a regular donation would be truly appreciated.

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Everyone reading this could help in a small way by sponsoring a butterfly – their latest campaign which they have recently launched to help raise funds for their dementia services. Please go to www.guildcare.org/butterfly for more details or, if you run a Sussex business and would like to know more about becoming a corporate partner, then please pick up the phone and speak to Lesley-Anne Lloyd or Julia Johnson on 01903 528600.

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