Kingsbridge Memory Cafe in the past. And now I'm very excited to say that, conceived and staffed mainly by enthusiastic bands of volunteers, two more cafes, aimed at providing a supportive and enjoyable place for people with dementia and their carers, have sprung up in the area of the South Hams in which I work as the occupational therapist in a community mental health team. One of my less onerous tasks (which almost feels like a 'jolly') is representing the team as link worker supporting these ventures.
So, behold the lovely Marilyn from Dartmouth Caring (allegedly a party animal extraordinaire) displaying the first part of a frieze that was made at the well attended inaugural cafe on Tuesday morning. She also polled attendees to discover what music they'd like to create ambience at future cafes. Ideas for activities were generated by the volunteers at a wonderfully fun training session that I lead with the lovely 'La Rooks' from the Alzheimer's Society.
These will be tried out in the craft area, a separate space for those who want a bit more to do than chat and have tea..
Read this article for more information about memory cafes in general. And look out for future posts about ideas for activities to try that can be tailored so that people with dementia can take part but that everyone else might find fun too!
PS: Must remember to write about the new Totnes cafe soon and update about the one in Kingsbridge.
Dartmouth Memory Cafe: Second Tuesday of the month 10:30-12:30am at Townstall Community Centre Kingsbridge Memory Cafe: Every other Thursday 2:00-4:00pm at Kingsbridge Methodist Church
Totnes Memory Cafe: Last Friday of the month 2:00-4:00pm at Totnes Methodist Church