Carers respite service

We provide activities for older people, people with support needs, and those living with dementia. The support we provide allows carers some time and space for themselves.
Our aim at Independent Lives is to support you in your caring role and give you the time and space to be yourself.

Our trained staff and volunteers will work with you and the person you care for to put together a programme of activities that suit the needs and interests of both you and the person you care for.

“Before we found Independent Lives, things were getting difficult. Every open door seemed to close, people were turning us away, and we couldn’t find the support we needed. Now, my husband gets to leave the house a few days a week and take part in lots of different fun activities, and he’s always a completely different person when he gets home – so cheerful and more relaxed.”
Carers respite customer


Date: Mondays and Tuesdays

Malcolm - our accessible minibus - will pick you and others up for a journey into our beautiful county. We will stop somewhere fun for a drink and then pop into an eatery for lunch.

Sompting hub

Date: Fridays

We provide various activities to stimulate and improve the wellbeing of all attendees within a safe and caring space.

Transport can be provided and all refreshments and a two course lunch will be included.

Glorious gardening club

Date: Monthly between March and October

Time: 10am - 12noon

Help with our community garden at the Harriet Johnson Centre. Spend time in the great outdoors enjoying the weather, weeding, planting and sampling the produce.

Wandering walkers club

Date: Monthly between March and September

Time: 10am - 12noon

Want to meet people but find the terrain too tough? Then join our accessible walking group.

Transport can be provided to and from all events and refreshments are included.

Get in touch

To find out more about the Independent Lives carers respite service then please get in touch using the details below.


01903 219482 (option 6)


In April 2021 we were inspected by the Care Quality Commission and were delighted to receive a 'Good' rating. We got great feedback in every category which is all thanks to our amazing staff.

An elderly woman with glasses smiling broadly as a young man leans in close, sharing a joyful moment.