Our Mission Statement
‘To help to maintain cognitive function and enhance the well-being of older adults living with Dementia’

“All staff are well trained, caring and very supportive of relatives as well as members, my mother would go to the club every day if she could! It provides, stimulation, covers - action and activities suitable for all levels. Members are encouraged to take part in as much or as little as they like. The emphasis is on caring for members as individuals and really maintaining their dignity.”

Nicola – Southend

"Choosing a care option for your loved ones can be a difficult task, but I was lucky enough to find The Harbour Club. The amazing professional, caring, happy team made it a very special place for my husband. They achieved the very best for him, making life much more fulfilled and for me, knowing he had such a wonderful team gave me the confidence to introduce him to The Harbour Club.”

Pat – Chelmsford

"I've loved every minute.”

Shirley – Basildon

“We'd like to thank you for everything you did for dad. You provide a much needed service to help improve the lives of those with dementia which in turn gives carers some much needed respite. Keep up the great work!.”

Diane & David – Hawkwell

“My dad has always refused to continue going to clubs, but after the first visit he absolutely loved The Harbour Club and doesn't stop asking when is it time to go back. The staff at The Harbour Club do such an amazing job and make such an effort to ensure their members have a good time. The Harbour Club is a happy place and provides excellent stimulation for people with Dementia, including Arts & Crafts, Singing and Poppy the therapy dog. Thank you so much.”

Marie – Wickford

“The real smile came when the bus turned up Monday morning to take dad to The Harbour Club, absolutely smashing place and staff, the best place for Dementia sufferers I have ever seen!!
One word "Brilliant".”

Paul – Hadleigh

“What you are doing at the Harbour Club sets a gold standard for Dementia Care - you have provided a warm, secure and joyous environment for people who find themselves in a slow retreat from the world they once inhabited. You have created an oasis of happiness, laughter and purpose in which friends meet, chat and have fun.”

Elizabeth – Thorpe Bay

Words can't explain how much better The Harbour Club has made my dad, the build-up of excitment that I see on a Monday night when my dad asks if its club tomorrow!!! and to make it even better, he's going to start going on a Monday as well, so four days of Motivation, Stimulation, Care plus Fun Times and it's all down to the staff of THE HARBOUR CLUB, Thank You doesn't seem big enough!

Paul – Hadleigh

We wish to express our thanks for the thought, patience, care and understanding that you have shown Lillian during the time she has been attending the club. Although she resisted coming to the club when we first broached the idea to her, now her day there has become the highlight of her week. She does not always remember what she has done during her visit, but always remembers having a good time. We often see items in her room which have been made at the club, some of which she has helped to construct. We were surprised to be told she had actually managed to knit a small piece, for one of the displays that was made by club members, knitting was something she used to enjoy.

We have been very pleased with the care you have shown during her recent illness, were it not for the observation of the Harbour Club staff, her diagnoses would of taken longer. You have noticed and picked up on various abnormalities on many occasions and offered us advice when others have not.

Above all, we have found it comforting each time she attends the club to know that her well-being is your main concern. The club has always been run professionally with the main objective being the care and happiness of the members.

Once again THANK YOU.

Pat and Lesley – Hullbridge

According to various reports in the media the percentage of dementia sufferers is high and increasing.  Given this high percentage there must be around 1000 sufferers at least within Southwoodham Ferrers. In the two and a half years since my wife was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s, I have not met anyone in the town who currently shares this problem.  It seems to me that elderly dementia patients in Southwoodham Ferrers are missing out on help available.  Ten weeks ago I reached personal crisis point, which health workers and friends had been warning.  I was pressed to find respite care for my wife as a matter of urgency. 

Amongst leaflets sent to me by the Chelmsford branch office of The Alzheimer’s Society was one for a day care centre in Battlesbridge, called The Harbour Club.  Initially I was put off, being too good to be true, how wrong I was.  After only 7 weekly attendances my wife is a changed person.  Obviously, her underlying illness is still there, but all of us who know her are astounded that so much of her ‘old self’ has returned.  The careful preparation of the activities and the interaction with other members plus the caring, dedicated staff obviously brings the desired effects.

It is because I am so pleased with The Harbour Club that I suggested writing this testimonial.  

Written by a Southwoodham Ferrers resident

Many thanks for the wonderful days that dad was able to spend at The Harbour Club, I know he enjoyed being there, it was the one day of the week when he was motivated to get ready and go out in the morning. The few hours respite I gained knowing he was in safe hands was much appreciated.  Steve – Wickford

Following my Father's stroke, life changed dramatically as he became totally dependent on us. His time at The Harbour Club gave him back his social dignity, he was made to feel that the contributions he gave to the daily activities were very much appreciated. Jane and her staff were cheerful and knowledgable. Dad was never in any doubt that he was in the best of care, so much so that he asked to go twice a week!.  Richard – Hawkwell

In the time that my wife went to The Harbour Club, I felt she was treated by a very caring organisation.  Don Day – Leigh-on-Sea

My dad loved going to The Harbour Club, it gave him back his confidence, he was going out and socialising.  Chris – Wickford

My only wish is that we had found The Harbour Club sooner.  Pauline – Runwell

Dad enjoyed The Harbour Club and I have recommended it to several people who have relatives with dementia.  I feel you treat members with Dignity.  Kim – Rayleigh

My husband attends The Harbour Club and really enjoys it. He has made friends with the other members and thinks the staff are wonderful... so do I!  Eileen – Chelmsford


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