Memory cafe launched

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 November 2010

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A PILOT scheme for people with dementia and those affected by the disease in the Weston area has been launched.

The memory café, run by Brunelcare and North Somerset Council, will offer help and advice to both the person living with dementia and the people supporting them.

The aim of the café, which is free of charge, is to provide a friendly, supportive and informative environment where people can meet and talk as well as learning more about dementia and other related matters.

Brunelcare is an independent registered charity that has been providing care services for older people in and around the area for almost 60 years.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “Brunelcare’s memory café has proved to be an invaluable service for people living locally who have been diagnosed with dementia.

“We therefore want to encourage more people to come along and see for themselves the benefits of attending this group, as not only can people learn more about the condition, but it provides an excellent opportunity for socialising and meeting others in the area.”

The spokesman added that many people when diagnosed with dementia report a sense of ‘feeling alone’ and this scheme can help people to deal with the disease.

The café, held at Ebdon Court on Trenleigh Drive in Worle, has access to a library of books and publications, a qualified counsellor who is happy to run group or one-to-one sessions and group activities.

There will be visiting speakers giving information about subjects relating to dementia as well as general guidance.

The pilot scheme will meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 10am-12noon, and is particularly for people who are newly diagnosed with, or in the early stages of dementia.

For more information ring Karen Henderson or Tracey Ackland on 01275 879547 or email thememorycafe@brunelcare.org.uk

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