Our Never Alone programme is designed to provide support for loneliness and other emotional and practical needs plus promote general wellbeing. We have recommendations to local groups who may be able to help you. Finding the right one that meets your needs or interests can be very fulfilling and truly boost your mood.

If you have a local group you would like to add to the listing below, please submit your details via the Google form here.


Friendly, welcoming social groups can be relaxed and informal and offer the chance to chat and build new friendships.

We recommend local social groups and clubs for women and men which provide entertainment, conversation and a range of social activities.

Lunch Club

A group for those who love to Lunch!

Family History group

Our group exists to foster an interest and develop our knowledge of the history of our families through genealogy. We do not do YOUR family history but all of us help each other. Some members have a lot of expertise in specific areas, others have good knowledge gained through researching their own families whilst some are 'newcomers' who are looking for advice on where to start. 1st Monday of the month 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Fleur de Lys, Market Street Hailsham.

Discussion group

The Discussion group meets monthly and debates a pre-arranged subject. No-one has to speak if they don't want to. It is all very relaxed around tea and biscuits. Sometimes there are very conflicting views put forward but no-one ever falls out! Meets on second Monday on each month 2.30pm at Diplocks Hall, Hailsham.


The Quiz group is exactly that. Come and widen your quizzing skills!

Arts & Crafts

Would you like to get stuck in with an arts project or learn a new craft?

There is so much choice when it comes to arts clubs from painting to pottery making.

We can help you find the best group for you.

Craft Group

Members meeting to practice various arts and crafts. Meeting on the First and Third Thursday of the month.

Art Lovers Group

This group is for Art Lovers to gather together and discuss and appreciate Art.

View Craft

We are an independent voluntary organisation which runs a weekly art and craft group for blind and partially sighted people living in the Eastbourne & Wealden district of East Sussex. We meet on Tuesday mornings during term times at Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux BN27 4JX from 10am - 12pm.

Knit and Crochet

Time, date and venue to be confirmed: This is a new group proposed by a less mobile member who wishes to run the group from her home. We are currently compiling a list of members interested. Please register your interest by clicking on the blue carrier pigeon.


Walking is a popular choice both for relaxation and fitness. If you would like to get outside a little more, it can quickly become an enjoyable activity, and there are many groups in your area who would love you to join them for beautiful country walks.

Hailsham Ramblers

A number of walking groups. We meet at the Cuckoo Trail Car Park off South Road at 9:15 for a 9:30 start. All walkers should wear boots or stout shoes and bring something to drink, which is especially important in the summer months. ​It is recommended that members should carry their own first aid kit and Hailsham Ramblers Membership card.

Dog friendly walking group

This group is both for dog owners and those without dogs. As our dog members are quite energetic, particularly when off lead, we need to walk at a fairly brisk pace in order to keep up with them! Walks are local and last between one and two hours.

The Three Milers

This is an "easy walking" group, as indicated by the name. All enquiries welcome. Meet at the Hailsham (Freedom Leisure) car park, second Wednesday in the month at 2pm.

Monday Morning Informal Walk

Every Monday morning we meet at the War Memorial in Hailsham at 10.20 for a 10.30am start. These informal walks organised by ‘Hailsham Friends’ and everyone is welcome but please remember they are sensitive to weather and can be cancelled at any time.


If you are interested in meeting fellow bookworms, there are reading groups in most towns for friendly discussions and thought-provoking debates. We can help pinpoint the perfect book group for you in your area.

Book and Coffee group

The group for those who love to read and enjoy a decadent coffee! We meet at Callenders Restaurant in the High Street.

Book Club

2nd Thursday in the month 10.30am to 12pm at Callenders, Hailsham.


Having a wide choice of groups to pick up an old hobby or start a new one can be a wonderful way to meet new people with a similar interest to you.

We recommend local groups and clubs ranging from chess, bridge, poker, bingo, knitting, to bowls.


We play Canasta weekly, from 2pm to 4pm, on every Tuesday except the 4th in the month. All meetings now at The Crown. We help any new players to learn the game, which is not difficult. A member of the group would sit with you until you feel confident to play on your own.

Gardens Group

This group is for people interested in visiting and studying gardens. Times may vary according to the chosen venue.

Music & Theatre

Would you like to join an amateur dramatics group or a choir?

Exploring music can be good for the soul. You can join music appreciation classes or join the church choir. Dancing is also a wonderful way to meet new people and have fun.


We are a small, inclusive and friendly group of singers of mixed experience. We sing a variety of music in harmony and in unison led by Cheryl Gibson, an experienced musician. The subscription is £2.00 per session inclusive of music. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month from 2.30pm to 4pm at Diplocks Hall, Hailsham BN27 3JY.

Drama group

Activities include play readings, improvisations, drama games and exercises, theatre visits, watching DVDs, and discussing performance and characterisation. Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2pm.

Never Alone can help you find the advice and support you need