Activities and interest groups

There are lots of activities and interest groups in the city to help you stay active, learn new skills, practice a hobby and socialise.

If you're a carer, looking after someone, you too may welcome a break from caring during the day to have some time for yourself.

There are a wide range of activities and interest groups across Brighton & Hove to suit the needs of all adults including:

  • older people
  • older people with complex needs
  • people with dementia
  • people with a learning disability and/or autism
  • people with an acquired brain injury.

Find an activity or group to suit you

A simple way to find out about what activities are available is by using It’s Local Actually, which offers a search facility to help you find what you are interested in.

Just type in the kind of activity you’re looking for or your postcode to find out what is available, such as:

  • fitness classes
  • cultural clubs
  • gardening
  • lunch clubs
  • library groups
  • sports
  • dance
  • singing
  • ethnic minority and religious support groups.

Many of these activities are provided by voluntary, community and faith groups. They are all low cost or free.

Some care homes also open their doors to the wider community to provide respite breaks, meals and activities.

Community support services

Community support services offer support which is provided in the community or at home on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.

For older people with complex needs

If you have more complex needs or your carer needs support, you might be eligible for a place at the Hop 50+ (near the centre of the city, in Hove) or Somerset Day Centre (east of the city).

To access this service you will need to have a financial assessment.

For people with dementia

If you have dementia, or if you care for someone with dementia, there is a specialist day centre situated at Wayfield Avenue in Hove. There are also a number of Dementia Cafes, run by the Alzheimers Society.

For people with a learning disability and/or autism

The following services in Brighton & Hove provide daytime activities for people with a learning disability:

For people with an acquired brain injury

Find out more from the Headway website.

Get to and from day activities

You may be able to get transport to and from an activity. You'll need to ask individual services if they provide transport. There is usually a charge.

Arrange and pay for day activities

Many activities are low cost, some are free and some are means assessed.

If you're eligible you can pay for many activities using your personal budget.

You can choose to attend and pay for activities on a half-day or a whole-day basis.

There is also a range of services available if ​you're a carer in need of a break.