New café helps with dementia

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2015

New cafe to help people living with dementia.

New cafe to help people living with dementia.

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A new memory café to help people suffering from dementia is being set up in Nailsea.

The café gives sufferers and their carers a chance to enjoy some memory games and social activities once a month.

It also enables couples to meet other people who are going through the same situation.

The café is being set up by Cathy Gale, Nicola McGrath and Vicky Preston, who already run a monthly group at St Nicholas’ Church in Portishead.

Cathy, co-ordinator of the new group, said: “Carers can meet for two hours for a break from caring, to support one another and share information.

“Their cared-for partner, parent or client can choose from a range of activities from skittles and board games to craft activities, nail painting, hand massage and reminiscence activities.

“We plan to use the club’s skittles alleys, pool table and bar area to create a welcoming and informal atmosphere where people with dementia will be supported in social activities while their carers can meet in a separate area and relax and enjoy meeting together.”

The group will run from Nailsea Social Club, in Chapel Barton, on Wednesday afternoons.

Cathy added: “It’s lovely to see people gaining in confidence and enjoying themselves.

“Carers often say how much they appreciate meeting other carers and enjoying a break.

“Group members enjoy looking at pictures from the past and recalling experiences from times gone by.”

The Rotary Club also runs a memory café at the Jubilee Day Centre in Portishead and about 30 people attend each session.

Organiser Brian Knox-Little said: “We run it for carers and people with dementia and the aim is they can enjoy an activity together like a quiz or a game.

“It provides a social environment for people living with dementia and keeps them active mentally.”

The first session will be held at Nailsea Social Club on August 12 from 2.15-4.15pm. To find out more call Cathy on 07580 716510.

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