At the Hospital of God we aim to support people living with dementia, or facing social isolation, to be as independent as possible; to live well and enjoy life to the full. 

Community Pastimes operates in Hartlepool, East Durham, and the areas surrounding Durham and Chester le Street, and has been developed to meet the needs of people affected by dementia, and people facing social isolation. Our service is one a one to one basis, and is aimed at reducing social isolation and helping people to access the community and the activities they love. A specially trained support worker can help clients to access the community, or provide a sitting service with meaningful activities in their own home. 

If a client wishes to use the service to get out into the community, a support worker will come and pick them up in a car, and will escort them to a venue of the person’s choosing Previous clients have used Community Pastimes in a wide range of ways; previous visits have included trips to art galleries, museums, shopping malls, pubs, reconnecting family members, and even a trip to Crufts! The service is very flexible to need, and the manager is happy to discuss all requests for services.

Community Pastimes can also be used as a sitting service which allows for stimulation and company within the client’s own home. A range of activities can be offered including playing board games, carrying out craft activities and listening to music. It is very much up to the client to decide what they want to do. Support workers can also prepare snacks and offer personal care in the home if this service is needed.

We aim to make Community Pastimes as flexible and personalised as possible. Clients usually choose to have a call which is 3 hours long, though some people may have more or less than this. The minimum call time is 1 hour. Calls run from 7am until 10pm, Monday through to Sunday, though the manager may be able to discuss any other requests.

Community Pastimes has been commissioned by Hartlepool Borough Council, so if you have a diagnosis of dementia and live in this Local Authority, you may be entitled to free support. If a client lives in County Durham and has had a social care financial assessment, then the service can be paid for through direct payments. Community Pastimes is also open to private clients. Please contact the manager for further details. 

If you think that you or your relative would benefit from Community Pastimes please contact the Manager to discuss your needs.


Contact Details:

Mick MacDermott (Manager)

Hartlepool Office:
The Brother House, Greatham, Hartlepool
Tel: 01429 871442
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Durham Office: 
Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham
Tel: 0191 3863033
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East Durham Office:
Minerva House, Horden, County Durham
Tel: 0191 5180872
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Hospital of God at Greatham is a registered company. Registered in England and Wales. Company No: 06533385. Registered Office: The Estate Office, Greatham, Hartlepool, TS25 2HS. 

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