Welcoming Café

Dementia Cafe
Dementia Cafe

Story: Derrick Okrah

On July 16th last year a local support group: ‘Dementia? Welcome! Cafe’ was born. The group believes that living with Dementia can, and should, include joy in life and a sense of community. The group is made up of volunteers, some with dementia, and professionals with experience in coping with the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Society defines dementia as progressive symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions, but how quickly symptoms get worse depends on the individual.

Nick Edmondson, volunteer and group contact, said: “We make each other welcome with drinks and biscuits, tell and listen to each other’s long stories, share information, play dominoes and sometimes follow the rules and, oh, don’t worry if the subject suddenly changes before there’s a conclusion.”

The Café based at The Furnival Community Centre includes local community members and Grosvenor care home residents. Family carers, workers and people living with dementia all contribute to the life of the group. “A year ago we would have never dreamt of such a success. Students have been a great help in publicising the Cafe, their hard work has certainly helped it to develop. The group takes part in activities, outings and learning and recently exhibited a painting at the Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition at the Northern General Hospital”.

Local resident, Farhan, said: “If you ever need a cup of tea and someone to talk to on a Wednesday morning, this is just the place to be.”

There is no formal process involved in joining the group, anybody can drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. The Café is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm every Wednesday at the Furnival Centre in Verdon Street.

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