A memory Café is an informal meeting place, where people whose lives have been affected by dementia can come along to find out more about it’s emotional and psychological impact in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, as well as receiving the benefits of social interaction.
The Café combines a number of elements, bringing about an atmosphere of openness, where people directly and indirectly affected by dementia can discuss issues surrounding the disease, where family, friends, carers, support workers and those with the disease can all enjoy a social and informative event.
Our twice monthly meetings are completely free, including refreshments Those attending can benefit from participation in a variety of activities or can just sit and chat.
Whatever your motivation for joining us you can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
1st Wednesday of the Month – 10am until Noon
3rd Monday of the Month – 2pm until 4pm
What is a Memory Cafe? … And why use that name?
A memory Café is more than just a ‘social outing’, which the name, taken literally, can suggest.A memory Café is a gathering of people affected by and/or interested in dementia. Monthly gatherings are for the purpose of education, discussions, exchanging information about dementia, and for opportunities to socialize and meet others. Attending the memory Café is free of charge. People and come and go as they please, just like at any café.
Who is it for?
Memory Café gatherings are open to:
- people with dementia, any type of dementia; for as long as a person is comfortable in the Café environment and with the talks and discussions
- family carers,friends,neighbours, social network
- anyone interested in dementia, professionally or personally. These include: care giving professionals, students who want to learn about dementia, students who want to help as volunteers to fill the public service components of awards like the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
What happens at a Memory Café?
Guests receive support, information, education about dementia, and meet others in similar circumstances. They also meet professionals knowledgeable about dementia, representatives of the local Alzheimer’s Society or other dementia support group, services, and volunteers. People can converse, listen to one of the themed talks or interviews, and enjoy refreshments and music. It was intended that people start attending the cafe from the time of diagnosis – for as long as they wish or are able to.
The aim of the Memory Café?
It is a practical effort to help reduce stigma about having or talking about dementia, so that people don’t miss opportunities for support and inclusion. The cafe does this by giving recognition, status and attention to people with dementia, their carers, and the illness. Also, by providing psychological education, information about local services, practical support, and opportunities for questions, sharing experiences and social interactions.