Café opening marks Dementia Awareness Wee

Just Regional
May 18, 2016 2 mins read

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The Sprowston Community Dementia Café opens tomorrow (May 19) to mark the town’s contribution to Dementia Awareness Week.

People with dementia and their carers will be welcome at an informal drop-in session for tea and cake between 10am and 12 at the Diamond Centre, School Lane, and the chance to shape the future of the café which will open on the third Thursday every month following the opening.

There is a no charge and the aim of the café is to help improve the wellbeing of those living with dementia and their carers, and reduce isolation.

“Organisers and volunteers have lots of ideas for activities, games, visits from speakers and therapists but the key thing is that those attending will be able to shape the service provided,” explained Cllr David Ward, Broadland District Council’s Older People’s Champion. “We hope that the regular social interaction that the café will provide will help build the confidence and self-esteem of those living with dementia and their carers. Recent research has shown that loneliness in older people can be worse for health than smoking and loneliness can be even more of a problem for people living with dementia.”

The café is part of Broadland District Council’s Grow Your Community initiative and is being run in partnership with Sprowston Town Council and Andrew Frederick Adult Support (AFAS) which has vast experience through running its own dementia day care unit. The idea grew from a consultation event where local people and groups were asked about the services they most wanted for older people.

Ian Moncur, Chairman of Sprowston Town Council, added: “Sprowston Town Council are pleased to get involved with the Community Dementia Café which we welcome to Sprowston Diamond Centre. I have first-hand knowledge of this condition as it affects my own family and this café will support both carers and cared for.”

The town council are providing the venue and refreshments while AFAS will be organising volunteers and activities.

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